Last week, my kiddos and I attended the preview show for The Snowy Day and other stories by Ezra Jack Keats at the Arkansas Art’s Center Children’s Theatre. I had been wanting to take my children to one of the Children’s Theatre shows for the longest time. So I’m really happy that we finally got the chance to see a show.
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We really enjoyed the how the Children’s Theatre presented the play The Snowy Day. I know a lot of people are familiar with the story either from reading the book. Or from watching the Nextflix cartoon. But if you are not, the story is centered around the main character, Peter, waking up to a snowy day and the adventures that ensue as the plays throughout the day in the snow.
While the Children’s Theatre couldn’t have real snow. There were still plenty of pretend snowflakes and snowballs around to create a very snowy feeling for all of Peter’s snow adventures. 🙂 The Children’s Theatre did a fantastic job of bringing The Snowy Day to life and we enjoyed watching every minute of it.
We were equally entertained by the other Jack Ezra stories that the Children’s Theatre presented during the play. My children especially loved the story “Goggles”. In which Peter and his friend found a pair of goggles while playing. Only to have bigger kids come and try to take them away. Luckily, Peter and his friend were able to escape the grasp of the big kids all while keeping the beloved goggles. This story was served up just the right amount of thrill and danger for little ones without being overly scary.
There were two other Jack Ezra stories included in the play, but I’ll let those remain a surprise in case your family is planning on catching the show.
After the curtain call was over, some of the members of the cast remained on stage and explained how the puppetry element of the play worked. This was fascinating for me to learn, because I had no idea that the puppetry involved using an overhead projector. They also answered a few questions from the audience.
Meanwhile, other cast members headed out to the hallway. Where they signed autographs and also took pictures with people from the audience. My daughter was able to get pictures with “Peter” who was played by Jared Thomas Kneip Gibson and his “friend” who was played by Verda Devenport. 🙂
The Snowy Day and other stories by Ezra Jack Keats will have shows times every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through February 18th. To find out more information about showtimes and ticket prices visit the Arkansas Art’s Center Children’s Theatre website.
We had so much fun watching this show we have already decided to catch the next main stage show, Junie B. Jones is not a Crook.