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Working in the shadows
NCT-SnowyDay2018 preview
Photo provided Peter, the iconic little boy in the red snow suit featured in Ezra Jack Keats The Snowy Day, will be included in a production featuring Keats books at Nashville Childrens Theatre Jan. 18 Feb. 11.

Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT), the nation’s oldest professional theatre for young audiences reaches the midway point of its 2017-18 season with “The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats.” This musical play includes four Ezra Jack Keats books: “Whistle for Willie,” “Goggles!,” “A Letter to Amy” and the groundbreaking Caldecott Winner “The Snowy Day.” The show runs from Jan. 18 through Feb. 11. 

“As a child, ‘The Snowy Day’ held a particular fascination for me as a Florida girl,” says director Alicia Lark Fuss. “I couldn’t play in the snow as Peter did, but Keats’ book transported me to a world where the ground crunched underfoot and beautiful white stuff could be scooped up and shaped. NCT’s incredible designers and performers have brought a true spirit of curiosity, wonder, and respect for young people to their work, of which I believe Keats would approve.”

Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snowball fights and making snow angels in this imaginative ode to childhood joys and the challenges of growing up. Packed with humor and fun, this production mixes wonderfully innovative shadow puppetry and live action to celebrate Keats’ treasured characters.

“One of the things Alicia and I put a lot of work into was figuring out what in the play is shadow puppets and what is real,” says shadow puppet designer Karly Bergmann. “The script itself is vague about this, and gives more clues than it does directions on shadow puppets. The audience can expect to see some of the most iconic illustrations from the books interpreted as shadow puppet moments, as well as some of the other moments in the play that are the most fantastical, dreamy, or otherwise impossible to show.”

To purchase tickets call 615-252-4675 or visit NashvilleCT.org. All performances take place at The Martin Center for Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street, Nashville.

Founded in 1931 by the Junior League of Nashville, Nashville Children’s Theatre is the oldest professional children’s theatre in the United States. NCT was ranked by TIME Magazine as one of the top five children’s theatre’s in the country.