The Snowy Day at the DCPA

A Macaroni Mom Review

By Christen Reiner, Macaroni Kid Lakewood-Littleton Editor and Publisher October 6, 2017

I love one on one time with my kids. I love the theatre, too. When I get to combine them, it's a special day!

I took my youngest out of school for the afternoon (thankfully, his teacher is a theatre rat herself, and she encouraged it!), and we went to see The Snowy Day at the DCPA's Conservatory Theatre, after a fun lunch out. This was the perfect show to expose him to the theatre...45 minute running time and $10 tickets!

The Snowy Day was engaging and fun for all ages...the audience was made up of babies to elementary aged kiddos, and I never once heard anyone complain! Fun music, lots of movement, and comedy had the kids (and the parents!) enthralled throughout. The actors had the kids in stitches, playing multiple characters...there is something inherently funny about grown people playing children and dogs! I loved how they split the show into four mini-stories (The Snowy Day, Goggles, A Letter to Amy and Whistle for Willie). With attention spans varying in the audience, it was a brilliant way to keep the kids connected. Offering seating up front, on the floor, was also a big hit. The DCPA has done their research in entertaining the younger crowds!

The Snowy Day kicks off the new Theatre for Young Audiences program, which focuses on performances especially tailored for youth audiences, and it's the perfect opportunity to introduce your little ones to the joy of the theatre!

Adapted for the Stage by Jerome Hairston
Based on the Books by Ezra Jack Keats
Directed by Allison Watrous

September 21 – November 18, 2017 in the Conservatory Theatre

Monday, – Wednesday, Friday 9:30 am, 11:30 am
Thursday 10 am, 1 pm
Saturday matinee 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm


Inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ acclaimed children’s books – including the 1963 Caldecott Medal winner The Snowy Day – follow the adventures of young Peter as he explores the world around him. From the joys of a first snowfall and learning how to whistle to thrilling encounters delivering a precious invitation, the delightful moments of childhood are perfectly captured in  this medley of simple, sweet stories. The production kicks off the new Theatre for Young Audiences program, which focuses on performances especially tailored for youth audiences. Bring your little ones to their first theatre experience and relive the moments of your childhood through their eyes. Featuring adaptations of The Snowy Day, Goggles, A Letter to Amy and Whistle for Willie.


45 minutes

• DCPA launched an educational initiative to introduce a younger demographic (PreK-3) to theatre through ‘Theatre for Young Audiences.’ Program began in May 2017 with Oily Cart’s In a Pickle as a co-production between DCPA Education, New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
• According to the Denver Great Kids Head Start Community Assessment 2016, students who participated in a full year of arts programming, demonstrated significant growth across all categories (Social-Emotional: 43% growth, Physical: 36% growth, Language: 37% growth, Cognitive: 39% growth, Literacy: 47% growth, Mathematics: 54% growth)
• Early exposure to the arts:

  • reduces dropout rates
  • improves standardized test scores
  • increased graduation rates by 18%
  • increased the likelihood of receiving a college degree by 165%
  • contributes creative employees to the workforce, the #1 trait that 75% of employers seek

• DCPA will stage over 100 performances for up to 20,000 Denver area children to introduce them to live theatre through the Theatre for Young Audience program.
• Over 9,000 students will receive a scholarship to attend a performance of The SnowyDay.
• Fall DCPA Education program classes will have a focus based on Ezra Jack Keats books. 

Tickets for The Snowy Day… start at $10 on the weekday and $15 on the weekend. To purchase, call Denver Center Ticket Services at 303.893.4100. For groups of 10 or more, please call 303.446.4829. Tickets also may be purchased at the Denver Center Ticket Office, located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at $10 DCPAccess tickets available for select performances made possible in part by SCFD. Student rush $10 tickets are available one hour prior to curtain with a valid student ID and are subject to availability. Senior and military rush tickets are available one hour prior to curtain, subject to availability. Children 4+ are welcome in our theatres and must be ticketed. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is supported in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Please visit our website at

The Snowy Day… is presented by the Genesee Mountain Foundation and a Gift in Memory of Don Scott. The production is part of Theatre for Young Audiences targeting PreK to third grade students. The Snowy Day… is part of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Education Department, supported in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Please visit our website at

About The Denver Center for the Performing Arts
As the nation’s largest non-profit theatre organization, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to creating unforgettable shared experiences through beloved Broadway musicals, world-class plays, educational programs and inspired events.

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DISCLOSURE: My son and I were given tickets to attend The Snowy Day, but our opinions are all our own!