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Imagine U: The Snowy Day and Other Stories By Ezra Jack Keats

Feb. 24 – Mar. 12, 2023

All performances are SOLD OUT!

Friday, 2/24 7 p.m.

Saturday, 2/25 10 a.m.  & 2 p.m.

Sunday, 2/26 2 p.m. 

Friday, 3/3 7 p.m.

Saturday, 3/4 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Sunday, 3/5 2 p.m.

Friday, 3/10 7 p.m. 
Saturday, 3/11 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Sunday, 3/12 2 p.m. (Sensory Friendly Performance)


Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater
1949 Campus Drive

Ticket Pricing

General Public $15
Full-Time Students and Kids $10
Full-Time NU Students $6 in advance, $10 at the door
A per ticket service charge will be added to all online ($3 per ticket), phone ($2 per ticket)

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Adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston
Based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats
Directed by Detra Payne

The wonder of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, being inclusive in one’s friendships, and the awe in finding a special treasure. These pleasures all come to life in The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats; stories and characters that ultimately became an inspiration for Sesame Street! Packed with humor and fun, this Caldecott Winner celebrates the joy in the small moments of a child’s world.

Suggested for ages 3+

The Snowy Day Preview Party at the Evanston Public Library
Sat., Feb. 18; 10:30 a.m.

Imagine U’s players will help us kick off their latest theater production, The Snowy Day and Other stories by Ezra Jack Keats, at a terrific preview party Saturday, February 18, at 10:30 a.m. at the Evanston Public Library.

A pioneer in American children’s literature, Ezra Jack Keats’ storybooks have been favorites for generations. Join members of our cast for story time and theatre games!

Sign up all children attending, but no need to add the accompanying adult names on the Evanston Library website.

Runtime:  Approximately 45 minutes

Creative Drama Workshops
Saturdays, February 25 AVAILABLE and March 4 SOLD OUT (following the 2 p.m. show)

After seeing the show, join us for this free 45-minute creative drama workshop with Northwestern teaching artists. Due to our limited space, registration is required

 Register your child and let us know of any special accommodations we may need to make for your child.

This workshop will allow children to stretch their legs as we explore “Snowy Day” activities. Activities will include imaginative problem-solving games, sensory exploration, and art-making. Come play!

Workshops will take place immediately after the show in the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts; participants will be escorted to the workshop space.

*Note: This workshop is primarily intended for children ages 3-6, though older children are welcome.

Sensory Friendly Performance
Sunday, March 12, 2 p.m. 

This specialized performance facilitated by Seesaw Theatre in collaboration with Imagine U will provide a relaxed and safe environment for sensory-sensitive and differently-abled audience members. This performance is open to all, with an enhanced focus on theatrical accessibility. Modifications to the experience include:

  • A detailed social story will be sent to audience members the week of the show. This guide can help prepare your child for the experience of visiting the theatre and seeing The Snowy Day and Other stories by Ezra Jack Keats 
  • Select changes to light and sound cues to minimize sudden changes and high-volume effects.
  • A quiet space for audience members if they need a break from the performance at any time.
  • Theatre-teaching artists with a background in theatrical accessibility will be present.
  • Sensory kits (including headphones, sunglasses, fidget toys, etc.) will be available to audience members upon request.
  • All audience members for this performance will experience this sensory-friendly performance.
  • Fidget toys and communication devices will be welcome in the theatre. If there is anything additional, we can do to support you and your child’s experience for this performance, please reach us at

Don’t Miss Our Next Imagine U Offering.  Get tickets now to Imagine U:  Behind the Curtain

Waa-Mu: Behind the Curtain
Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 2 PM

Led by Dr. Ryan T. Nelson, School of Communication

Part of the IMAGINE U series for young audiences, geared toward children and their families. An interactive musical exploration for young audiences!

Cahn Auditorium
600 Emerson Street @ Sheridan Rd.
Evanston Campus of Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208

Recommended for ages 6-10.

Tickets – Behind the Curtain