Although adults often find drudgery in snowy days, children usually experience them with wonder and excitement. Snow days are opportunities to spend time with their adults and play. Arts on the Horizon’s original piece ‘Snow Day’ is about a young girl as she explores a snow day.
…the right amount of goofy and sweet to keep the little audience members engaged.
Amanda Forstrom plays Skip, the curious little girl. Forstrom’s strong physical presence and playful expressions makes her relatable to the smallest audience members. There is a wonderful sense of play between her and Natalie Cutcher who plays Jane Frost. Cutcher’s character is just a little mischievous and wants Skip to play with her.
The musician who aids in the storytelling of this nonverbal play is Esther Covington. Covington is a talented violinist who is able to play a diverse range of music in a small amount of time. She is a distinct character in the play, working with the other two ensemble members to tell the story.
Sarah Conte designed the cleverly simple set. It consisted of two ladders holding up a large sheet and a clothing line. This supported the whimsical and soft world that the performers were creating and that small children often see.
The three performers had very fun costumes with distinct color palates. Dorothy Barnes Driggers found a wonderful combination of pattern and texture to be engaging and fun. It was very clear who the characters were before we knew anything else based on what they wore.
Rex Daugherty wrote and directed this piece. Daugherty found moments of gentle interaction with the audience, often eliciting their help as Skip was trying to figure something out. This play is the right amount of goofy and sweet to keep the little audience members engaged. It is also a great length for the under 6 crowd. The audience is able to sit on the floor very close to the action, with some chairs in the back for some grownups who aren’t as comfy sitting on the floor.
‘Snow Day’ is a wonderful way to start off December with the little ones. Adults are sure to find themselves having a great time as well.
Running Time: 30 minutes.
Arts on the Horizon’s production of ‘Snow Day’ runs at the Lab Theatre at Convergence through December 16 and then at Atlas Performing Arts Center December 17-30. For tickets and more information click here.