It’s that time of year again! The air is getting crisper, attitudes are getting brighter, and the shows are getting more holiday focused. This year Adventure Theatre MTC is bringing one of the most beloved wintery characters to life in “Frosty the Snowman.” This more modern version of the story, by William Francis, is set in Glen Echo Park, the home of ATMTC.
This show is a ton of fun and a great way to get into the holiday spirit.
The title character is played by the charismatic and athletic Dallas Tolentino. Tolentino is a strong dancer who creates a hip Frosty for a new generation. He is playful and dynamic and truly does set the tone for the entire piece.
The children who meet Frosty are Charley (Taylor Witt), Joey (Hasani Allen), Geraldine (Julia Klavens), and Mary Ann (Jordan Lee). Each one was able to portray that sense of wonder that children seem to keep with them in everything. All four played together well and also took on other ensemble roles, including some skaters. Witt, Allen, and Klavens skated beautifully across the stage.
There are also two grownups that the kids have to face, who aren’t as interested in magic and snow days. One was the very grumpy Mrs. (Dr.) Armbruster, played by Farrell Parker. The other was the bumbling yet determined Officer Bump, played by Matthew Aldwin McGee. Both were the central comedic characters and did so well. McGee was especially goofy in his desire to stop any bad behavior. Parker brought some lovely depth to Mrs. Armbruster as we saw her start to enjoy herself.
Michael J. Bobbit, the Artistic Director of ATMTC choreographed the piece. It was a diverse array of dance styles and all technically difficult. The cast danced Bobbit’s choreography very well and seemed to have a great time doing it.
Jos B. Musumeci, Jr. designed the lovely set, which matched Glen Echo Park very well. It was complete with snow covered bushes, and a model train. It consisted of several doors which made for some wonderful comic bits. Musumeci did well at bringing the audience into the world of the story.
The costumes were designed by Sydney Moore, the most impressive being Frosty’s. As a more modern snowman, Frost wore a white suit, with light up lapels, and a glittering white cape. He was dapper and whimsical.
This show is a ton of fun and a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Frosty is a holiday season icon whose jolly spirit and penchant for mischief makes him so loveable. He is also a good reminder of the value of playfulness and joy.
Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission.
“Frosty the Snowman” runs at Adventure Theatre MTC through December 31. For tickets and more information click here.