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'Snow Angel' To Take the Stage at the Community House

A snow day in Deerpoint, Vt. leads a group of teenagers to discover who the mysterious Eva is in this seasonal play running this weekend.

With the opening of the "Snow Angel" just three days away, the actors and crew are putting the final touches on the play they've been working on since late October.

Seventeen students - many from Hamilton but others also from all over the North Shore including Nahant, Merrimac and Groveland - join together for the performance. All of the students have performed previously, about half at the . Students range in age from 13-17 years old.

The Snow Angel, by David Lindsay-Abaire, is about teenagers and is best played by teenagers, according to director Lindsay Soson.

"It's always ideal for actors to play characters close to their own age, and 'Snow Angel' is a wonderful script - true to life, entertaining, moving, and very funny," she said.

The story takes place in the quiet, fictitious town of Deerpoint, Vt. The town is hit by the biggest blizzard in 107 years, when a mysterious girl named Eva arrives in town and asks 15 teenagers to help her on her search. What she is searching for and who she is remains a mystery as the cast tells their stories via journal entries and conversation.

"I was excited to come across a work by a playwright of this caliber," said Soson. "I was first drawn to the play because of its playwright, David Lindsey-Abaire, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his play Rabbit Hole and wrote the book for the Broadway musical Shrek."

Soson first worked with the Community House Theater in July 2009 for the musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." She then directed the two person musical "John & Jen" there this past July. After teaching high school theater locally for the past two years, she is now enjoying working as a freelance director.

"We suggest the show for family and teen audiences age 10 and up," says Soson, because of some of the language in the performance.

The show runs Friday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 5. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on and 2 p.m. on . Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.

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