Stan’s story begins after a chance encounter with a dog that has been sent outside in the wintry cold. The dog tells the snowman about a warm stove inside the house, and with a “crack-crackle” in his heart, Stan falls in love with the wood-burning beauty. The unlikely romance, doomed from the start, is only the beginning in this hilarious and heartwarming tale as Stan later discovers that a young snowwoman is swooning over him as well.
Adapted and directed by the center’s artistic director, Jon Ludwig, “Stan the Lovesick Snowman” is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s short story “The Snow Man.”
“It was a natural fit for this winter-inspired show to follow on the tails of our popular holiday classic, ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’” Ludwig said. “Stan is the ultimate hopeless romantic. There is so much humor in a snowman in love with a wood stove and there is a sweet lesson that ‘love will win in the end.’ Let’s warm ourselves up with a charming tale of misdirected love and knowing who your real friends are.”
The husband-and-wife puppeteer duo of Tim and Amy Sweeney portray 13 characters in the production including Stan the Snowman, Abigail the Snowwoman, Alice the Dog, the Moose Mailman, a trouble-making Cat and more. This fairy tale, recommended for ages 4 and older, will melt the hearts of audiences everywhere.
If you go:
o What: “Stan the Lovesick Snowman”
o Where: Center for Puppetry Arts’ Downstairs Theater, 1404 Spring St., Midtown
o When: Today through Feb. 2; show times are 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday
o Tickets: $9.25 for members and $16.50 for nonmembers and include museum admission and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop (or To-Go Kit), where children can make their own Stan the Snowman rod puppet.
o Information and tickets: (404) 873-3391 or visit www.puppet.org