MARQUETTE - Snowflake returns to Kaufman Auditorium this week as local performing artist Gale LaJoye presents his story about the simple things in life that everyone can be thankful for, all through pantomime and music.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.
The humor, joy, sorrow and gratitude this performance brings to audience members of all-ages fits well with the holiday season.
Marquette resident Gale LaJoye is shown during a previous performance of his well-known play “Snowflake.” LaJoye will be bringing the play back to the Kaufman Auditorium stage Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. (Journal file photo)
"Snowflake" is a silent play loosely based on the late Donald Stenglein, a well-known Marquette resident.
LaJoye has been performing the play since 1990. He's toured Scotland, Singapore, Ecuador, Mexico, Japan and other countries.
"Snowflake was a character of Marquette that was very familiar to everybody that lived here," LaJoye said for a Mining Journal story during a previous performance of the play. "He lived above a newsstand downtown called Doc's Corner and Donald Liberty ... was his caretaker and confidant.
"Wherever his store moved, Don (Stenglein) moved with him because there were always rooms above those establishments."
Part of the enduring appeal of "Snowflake" is that it encourages the audience to "fill in the blanks" left by the silent performance, LaJoye said.
"I'm allowing their minds to become passive. All they have to do is let go and feel and they're active in that emotion," he said.
Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $8 for children under 12. On Saturday, children under 12 get in for $5.