CHARLOTTE – For 55 years, Ezra Jack Keats’ books have warmed hearts across the world. Now, a collection of these works, “The Snowy Day and Other Stories,” makes its debut at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte on Oct. 28.
“The Snowy Day,” published in 1962, was the first picture book to feature a child of color as the main protagonist. The use of collages in the book earned Keats the prestigious Caldecott Medal.
This celebration of Keats’ work takes audiences through several adventures with Peter, including “Whistle for Willie,” “Goggles!” and “A Letter to Amy.”
“Ezra Jack Keats’ books prompt within the reader an immediacy to embrace the simple beauty of the moment taking place on the page,” said Mark Sutton, director of “The Snowy Day and Other Stories.” “His unique gift is that he expertly guides us to bypass our prejudices altogether. His visual world is so mesmerizing that the walls of age, race, gender and socioeconomics melt away.”
Keats broke ground with his depiction of Peter. His story still shines bright today, reminding us to see the beauty right in front of us.
“The Snowy Day and Other Stories” debuts at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte on Oct. 28 and runs through Nov. 12, including a sensory-friendly performance at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 and a signed performance at 3 p.m. Nov. 4.
Audiences can buy tickets online at www.ctcharlotte.org or by calling 704-973-2828.