The Black Snowman ran at Steppingstone Theatre during the winter of 2014. For Steppingstone’s Current season schedule, see our directory.
This play — by the late local author Deborah Torraine — celebrates Black History Month with a story of a recently orphaned boy searching for himself and his place in his family and in the bigger picture of his heritage. The young actors did a beautiful job portraying young siblings doing their best to cope with the loss of their parents. Overall the play was a great family outing.
At the beginning of The Black Snowman, the audience was reminded that Steppingstone is run mostly on donations and we were promised that they would make the most of every dollar given. This was demonstrated for us in the production. The cast and crew did an amazing job of creating scenes with very little. There were no special effects or expensive props, yet the sparse backdrops were perfect for keeping the focus of the play where it belonged — on the characters and their relationships.
The story focuses on Jacob and his journey to rebuild his self-esteem and connect with his family and ancestors. But, his 18-year-old sister Taliba is also struggling to find joy in her first Christmas as sole caretaker for her brothers. Younger brother Tony is just trying to keep everyone happy. This is a lot of emotion to fit in a short play and this is where the production really shines.
Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com