The show is billed as "a fairytale for grown-ups," and that's exactly what it is. It's full of magic and wonder, but like any good fairytale, it also contains darkness and danger. The story is told mostly without words, except for the two crows on either side of the snow-globe-like window into this world, who cackle, commentate, and crack jokes and bad puns like Statler and Waldorf. Winter is represented as a female spirit called Sister Winter, and our heroine is a girl in a red scarf traipsing across the frozen wilderness, at times following or being chased by a mischievous arctic fox. Will she make it through, or will Sister Winter win and suck all the warmth and life out of her?
|photo by Bruce Silcox|
Another key element of storytelling is music, with an original score composed and performed on the piano by Eric Jensen, with Alma Engebretson on cello. The haunting soundscape helps create the world of the story, and also includes songs gorgeously sung by Lizz Windnagel as Sister Winter. Lighting design by Bill Healey ties everything together with a play of shadow and light.
The weather forecast tells us that winter is not going away anytime soon, so why not celebrate it with this magical creation? Escape from the drudgery of real winter to this fantastical Once Upon a Winter Night for 50 minutes, and dream of spring.