The Snowy Day and other stories by Ezra Jack Keats Brought to Vivid Life Onstage

Directed by Peter C. Brosius and Fabrizio Montecchi
February 9 – March 20, 2016

Minneapolis, MN – Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) will present the world premiere stage adaptation of The Snowy Day and other stories by Ezra Jack Keats directed by Peter C. Brosius and Fabrizio Montecchi. Adapted by Jerome Hairston (CTC credits include Iqbal; winner of the Heideman Award, a Joyce award, and an AATE Distinguished Play Award) and starring Mikell Sapp (2015 Ivey Award for Emerging Artist; Twin Cities theatre credits include Pillsbury House Theatre, Mixed Blood, and Penumbra Theatre; Mikell was an understudy in CTC’s 2014 production of Huck Finn) playing Peter, Joy Dolo (CTC debut; Twin Cities theatre credits include Pillsbury House, Illusion Theater, Nimbus Theatre and Park Square Theater) as Female Player, and CTC Company Member Dean Holt as Male Player. This world premiere adaptation includes the Caldecott Medal-winning story The Snow Day, as well as Whistle for Willie, the Caldecott Medal Honor Book Goggles!, and A Letter to Amy. The work also premieres during the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ezra Jack Keats.

"What a wonderful way to kick off Ezra's 100th birthday year!" says Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. "Peter Brosius has mounted an inspired adaptation of The Snowy Day at Children's Theatre Company, reflecting the joy of a child at play in a way that will enchant adults as well as children. This is a rare treat and not to be missed. Ezra would have been thrilled."

Teatro Gioco Vita’s Artistic Director and globally celebrated Italian puppet master Fabrizio Montecchi (CTC credits include Cat’s Journey, Circoluna, and the 2008 shadow puppet version of Peter Pan) will bring his wholly unique form of shadow puppetry to the production. He has created shadow art for opera, ballet and theatre stages in almost every country in Europe, in the United States (Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C.), and also in Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Morocco, Mexico, Taiwan, Tunisia, and Turkey.

CTC Artistic Director, Peter Brosius states, “It is such a joy to bring the imaginative vision of Fabrizio Montecchi once again to Twin Cities’ audiences. His altogether unique form of puppetry immediately came to mind to bring this book to life and captures the beauty of Keats’ work in vivid color, light, and shadow.”

The wonder of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure: Ezra Jack Keats had a gift for capturing the rapturous joy in a child’s day-to-day life. This new staging of Keats’ beloved works brings the little boy in the red snowsuit to enthralling life. Revisit Keats’ treasured stories in this wholly original theatrical adaptation.

Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats runs February 9 – March 20, 2016 on the UnitedHealth Group Stage. Recommended for grades K+. For more information, visit childrenstheatre.org or call the Ticket Office at 612.874.0400. Proudly sponsored by Target and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) celebrates 50 years of creating extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire young people and their communities. CTC is the first theatre for young people to win the coveted Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theater (2003) and has welcomed more than 11 million people to performances and education programs over the last five decades. As one of the 20 largest theatre companies in the nation, CTC has created over 200 new works, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.



The Snowy Day and other stories by Ezra Jack Keats
By Jerome Hairston
Based on the Books by Ezra Jack Keats
Directed by Peter C. Brosius and Fabrizio Montecchi
Recommended for grades K+

Creative Team & Production Staff
Scenic Designer & Shadow Concept Artist: Fabrizio Montecchi
Costume Designer: Annie Cady
Lighting Designer: Paul Whitaker
Composer/Sound Designer: Victor Zupanc
Shadow Puppet Designers: Agnese Meroni & Federica Ferrari
Stage Manager: Kathryn Sam Houkom
Assistant Stage Manager: Alyssa Stafne
Assistant Director: Amy Abrigo
Stage Management Intern: Annie Stewart

Cast
Mikell Sapp………………………….Peter
Joy Dolo……………………………….Female Player
Dean Holt…………………………….Male Player

Understudies
China Brickey
Autumn Ness
John Jamison

Runtime: TBD

Tickets:
The Ticket Office is accessible by phone two hours prior to most performances. These posted hours are subject to change.
Email: tickets@childrenstheatre.org (inquiries only, no ticket processing)
Phone: 612.874.0400
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Lap passes available for children newborn to 3 years for $5
ASL/AD Performance: Friday, March 11 at 7pm
Sensory Friendly Performance: Friday, March 18 at 7pm
Single tickets range from $10-58
Group tickets up to 25% off regular tickets for groups of ten or more

Performance Dates
Tuesday, February 9  7pm (Preview)
Wednesday, February 10  7pm (Preview)
Thursday, February 11 7pm (Preview)
Friday, February 12 7pm (Opening night)
Saturday, February 13 2pm & 5pm
Sunday, February 14 2pm & 5pm

Wednesday, February 17 7pm
Thursday, February 18 7pm
Friday, February 19 7pm
Saturday, February 20 11am & 2pm
Sunday, February 21 2pm & 5pm

Thursday, February 25 7pm
Friday, February 26 7pm
Saturday, February 27 11am & 2pm
Sunday, February 28 2pm & 5pm

Thursday, March 3 7pm
Friday, March 4 7pm
Saturday, March 5 2pm & 5pm
Sunday, March 6  2pm & 5pm

Thursday, March 10  7pm
Friday, March 11 7pm (ASL/AD performance)
Saturday, March 12 11am & 2pm
Sunday, March 13 2pm & 5pm

Wednesday, March 16  7pm
Friday, March 18 7pm (Sensory friendly performance)
Saturday, March 19 11am & 2pm
Sunday, March 20 2pm & 5pm