Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Arena Stage's SNOW CHILD
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full cast and creative team for the world-premiere musical Snow Child, based on Eowyn Ivey's Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel. Infused with a score that combines Alaskan string band-traditions with contemporary musical theater, Snow Child follows a couple rebuilding their lives in the Alaskan wilderness when they meet a magical and mysterious snow child who transforms them. Concluding her 20th anniversary season at Arena Stage, Artistic Director Molly Smith directs this world-premiere musical, featuring a book by John Strand, music by Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt and lyrics by Stitt. Snow Child is a co-production with Perseverance Theatre and runs April 13-May 20, 2018 in the Kreeger Theater, and May 25-27, 2018 in Anchorage, and June 9-10, 2018 in Juneau.
The cast includes Matt Bogart (Arena's Camelot, Broadway's Jersey Boys) as Jack, Christiane Noll (Broadway's Ragtime) as Mabel, Fina Strazza (Broadway's Matilda the Musical) as the snow child Faina and Natalie Toro (Broadway's A Tale of Two Cities) as Esther. D.C.-based actors Alex Alferov (Arena's Fiddler on the Roof) and Dan Manning (Broadway's Ragtime) will play Garrett and George, respectively. Rounding out the company are ensemble members Dorothy James (59E59's Made in China), and D.C.-based David Landstrom (Signature's Jesus Christ Superstar) and Calvin McCullough (Olney Theatre Center's Carmen).
Snow Child is the fifth commission, and first musical, to debut as part of Arena Stage's Power Plays, an ambitious initiative commissioning and developing 25 new plays and musicals from 25 writers over the course of 10 years. With Power Plays, Arena Stage focuses Washington, D.C.'s unique theatrical voice on politics, ideas of America and power, amplifying the theater's role as a national center dedicated to American voices and artists, located in the heart of the nation's capital. The massive undertaking features one story per decade, beginning with 1776 through present day, and builds on the tremendous success of previous Arena Stage commissions and Power Plays-Lawrence Wright's Camp David, John Strand's The Originalist, Jacqueline E. Lawton's Intelligence and Mary Kathryn Nagle's Sovereignty.
For additional details on Power Plays visit arenastage.org/american-voices/power-plays/.
Smith spent more than 25 years in Alaska, including nearly two decades at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, which she founded and ran for 19 years. Snow Child taps into her passion for shedding light on the history and character of Alaska.
Co-Composer and Lyricist Georgia Stitt and Co-Composer Bob Banghart
Cast and creative team at the first rehearsal of Snow Child