Just Another Snow Day

Play #: 8498
Pages: 71 pgs
Cast: 5 m, 6 w, 18 flexible or with doubling 3 m, 3 w

Snow day! In this collection of hilarious scenes we see how an unexpected day off from school can be an answer to a prayer…or not! Sweethearts Mark and Jessica aren’t feeling very sweet when, after a whole night of decorating the gym, the winter homecoming dance is canceled. Meanwhile, Paul is thrilled to get an invitation from Mary to go sledding, if only his overprotective mother will chill. Then there’s poor Julie – will she ever figure out how to get her tongue unstuck from the frozen flagpole? Woven throughout the many scenes, Trenton, a student, and Mr. Ruffino, his drama teacher, battle the weather and each other to get their copies of the latest game “Zombie Apocalyptico 7” before the post office closes. By evening, the school theater becomes the place to be when the power goes out and the generator kicks on. Using minimal sets and a very flexible cast, this sparkling comedy might just have your audience wishing for their own snow day!

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GREENE COUNTY HS 2 Performance(s)
JEFFERSON, IA 11/1/2050
Blair Oaks Middle School 1 Performance(s)
Jefferson City, MO 2/23/2019
HATTERLAND CHILDRENS THEATRE 4 Performance(s)
MEDICINE HAT, AB 1/24/2019
TULLY JR. HIGH DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
TULLY, NY 11/16/2018
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN THEATE 3 Performance(s)
GREEVILLE, MI 10/26/2018
CEDAR BROOK ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
CLARKSBURG, MD 5/2/2018
TELL CITY JR. SR. HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
TELL CITY, IN 3/9/2018
PANDORA GILBOA MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PANDORA, OH 3/5/2018
WESTVIEW JRSR HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
TOPEKA, IN 2/1/2018
BLUE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
LAKESIDE, AZ 12/15/2017
LOCKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LOCKWOOD, MO 12/11/2017
EHS THEATRE 2 Performance(s)
GODDARD, KS 12/8/2017
CONCORD ACADEMY BOYNE 3 Performance(s)
BOYNE CITY, MI 12/7/2017
SPARTA DRAMA 2 Performance(s)
EL CENTRO, CA 11/30/2017
BUCKLIN R-II SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 Performance(s)
BUCKLIN, MO 11/18/2017
GLASGOW HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GLASGOW, MO 11/16/2017
LEWISTON-ALTURA HS 3 Performance(s)
LEWISTON, MN 11/16/2017
DES MOINES SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
DES MOINES, NM 11/16/2017
BGM DRAMA DEPT. 3 Performance(s)
BROOKLYN, IA 11/9/2017
HENLEY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
KLAMATH FALLS, OR 11/9/2017
LE MARS COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
LE MARS, IA 11/9/2017
SWANVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
SWANVILLE, MN 11/3/2017
THE ACADEMY AT LINCOLN 3 Performance(s)
GREENSBORO, NC 11/2/2017
NORTHEASTERN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MANCHESTER, PA 10/21/2017
ARCTIC VILLAGE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ARCTIC VILLAGE, AK 3/20/2017
PORTLAND HIGH DRAMA CLUB 4 Performance(s)
PORTLAND, MI 3/16/2017
THE ACADEMY AT LINCOLN 1 Performance(s)
GREENSBORO, NC 3/15/2017
STERLING-ROCK FALLS FAMILY YMC 3 Performance(s)
STERLING, IL 3/3/2017
NLSD 122 2 Performance(s)
NEW LENOX , IL 2/9/2017
LEWIS AND CLARK MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BILLINGS, MT 2/9/2017
MARIPOSA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
MARIPOSA, CA 2/3/2017
ST. JOSEPH ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL 12/2/2016
CENTENNIAL 3 Performance(s)
LINO LAKES, MN 12/1/2016
WAKE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 2 Performance(s)
DALLAS CENTER, IA 11/17/2016
WAUKEE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 2 Performance(s)
DALLAS CENTER, IA 11/17/2016
QUINCY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
QUINCY, WA 11/17/2016
FLINTHILLS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ROSALIA, KS 11/11/2016
BRUCE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
BRUCE , WI 11/10/2016
COLUMBIA THEATRE COMPANY 4 Performance(s)
HUNTSVILLE, AL 11/4/2016
LA PINE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
LA PINE, OR 6/6/2016
NEW HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NEW HAVEN, MI 5/1/2016
WWCHS PERFORMING ARTS TEAM 1 Performance(s)
WASHINGTON, GA 4/30/2016
BURKE SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 Performance(s)
BURKE, SD 4/2/2016
UNION COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MAYNARDVILLE, TN 4/1/2016
PAYNESVILLE AREA MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
PAYNESVILLE, MN 3/30/2016
JONESPORT-BEALS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
JONESPORT, ME 3/16/2016
ELCHO HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ELCHO, WI 3/15/2016
LMS MASQUE 3 Performance(s)
BATTLE CREEK, MI 3/11/2016
GAYLORD HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB 4 Performance(s)
GAYLORD, MI 3/10/2016
CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
COLUMBUS, IN 3/9/2016
TALLMADGE MIDDLE SCHOOL DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
TALLMADGE, OH 2/24/2016
LA PINE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
LA PINE, OR 2/18/2016
UNITY HS DRAMA 2 Performance(s)
BALSAM LAKE, WI 2/18/2016
TARKIO HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 2 Performance(s)
TARKIO, MO 2/17/2016
DRAMA CLUB 1 Performance(s)
BROOKLYN, NY 2/12/2016
PORTAGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT 2 Performance(s)
PORTAGE, PA 1/21/2016
WILLOW LAKE SCHOOL DIST #12-3 1 Performance(s)
WILLOW LAKE, SD 12/15/2015
HALE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MOUNDVILLE, AL 12/11/2015
PALMYRA HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PALMYRA, MO 12/5/2015
JOHN YOUNG MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MISHAWAKA, IN 12/4/2015
PLATTE-GEDDES SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PLATTE, SD 12/4/2015
POSTVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
POSTVILLE, IA 11/21/2015
LAKENHEATH MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
APO, AE 11/20/2015
TWIN TOWERS MIDDLE SCH DRAMA 2 Performance(s)
NEW PALTZ, NY 11/20/2015
CLARK PLEASANT MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GREENWOOD , IN 11/19/2015
BROOKS MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
BOLINGBROOK, IL 11/18/2015
CONGRESS DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
KANSAS CITY, MO 11/11/2015
WABAUNSEE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ALMA, KS 11/7/2015
DENVER HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
DENVER, IA 11/6/2015
CLAYMOND HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
DOVER, OH 11/5/2015
PELLSTON MIDDLE-HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PELLSTON, MI 4/23/2015
HOLY INNOCENTS EPISCOPAL SCHO 2 Performance(s)
ATLANTA, GA 3/26/2015
ARLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ARLINGTON, OH 3/20/2015
KEARNEY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
KEARNEY, MO 3/15/2015
EAST COWETA MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SENOIA, GA 3/15/2015
DAVID L. RAHN JR HIGH 3 Performance(s)
MOUNT MORRIS, IL 2/25/2015
OGEMAW HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WEST BRANCH, MI 12/17/2014

Behind The Scenes

BRYAN STARCHMAN talks about JUST ANOTHER SNOW DAY:

 

Q.: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A.: I'm a big kid. This is my 18th year in high school (4 as a student, 14 as a teacher) and I still get excited about snow days. I actually enjoy High School a lot more as an adult and strive to make my classroom what I wish a high school class would have been like when I was a teenager, but even though I wake up most mornings excited to get to work, there is nothing like waking up to a snow day. Recently I've been working on a lot of plays with multiple scenes that focus on a single theme (like family life or starting high school or what animals talk about) but this play comes full circle. One the first day of my first screen writing course at UCLA the professor wrote the words: "Beginning", "Middle", and "End" on the board. It seemed so simple, but really tying everything together is harder than it looks (think about how many movies you've watched that are really great...except for the ending). Endings are hard and as I pieced this play together in my mind over about 10 months, when I sat down to write it the most satisfying part was being able to tie the whole crazy day together with the town gathering in the theater. Beginning, middle, and end. Maybe next I should write an adaptation for the silver screen...maybe...

 

Q.: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A.: I love the plot line of the drama teacher and his student Trenton as they both battle to get to the post office to pick up their copies of Zombie Apocalyptico 7. I am both of these characters. I was Trenton when I was younger and I am Mr. Ruffino now that I am an adult. When Mr. Ruffino tries to leave the house and battle the storm he tells his wife "I have to walk the dog." and she responds "We don't have a dog." It's a simple joke, but the sort of lie I'd try on my own wife because I just can't lie to her and any time I've tried, she's caught me. I have to admit, I to have called in sick to complete a video game, but I've also called in sick to finish reading the last in the Game of Thrones series, and I actually called in sick to finish writing this very play. The more snow days I get a year, the more scripts I seem to complete. Ruffino is also my mother's maiden name and if you ever watch the Sopranos, from Season 3 on if there is a bottle of wine in the shot, it's a bottle of Ruffino Chianti!

 

Q.: WHERE DO THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

A.: As I said above, there is a little bit of me in all the male characters. Mr. Ruffino is basically me all around. The teenage couple in the car represents me when I was younger. I don't have twin babies, but the story the young man tells about playing basketball and losing to his father on purpose is something I have been dealing with lately in my own life. The overprotective mothers are a bit of both my mom and my wonderful, caring, lovely mother-in-law. My students keep my jokes fresh and my writing just seems to click better when school is in session, so I have to give them credit for keeping my mind sharp. As much as I like to think of myself as a full-time writer, the summer hits and my brain turns to mush. The busier I am, the more I have to write about. They say, write what you know, and in the summer what I know is binge watching Netflix and frantically finishing my "Honey Do" list of the day 30 minutes before my wife gets home from work.

 

Q.: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A.: As I said earlier, I really wanted to tie everything together and have the theater be the place that the community gathers because the only real venue in my own town that can hold more than 50 people (and is aesthetically pleasing) is our theater. It is my second home and was built during the Great Depression. My wife and I have put many hours into caring for the old place and I loved the idea of having all of these chaotic stories happening around the town only to have everyone gather back into the warmth of the one place they didn't have to go to because of the snow day: the High School auditorium.

 

Q.: ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT IT?

A.: Please don't hesitate to put this show on any time of year. It may not be snowing out, but we all know what it's like to have a day off and more importantly I feel that many of the stories that intertwine touch on themes that are funny or touching no matter the weather.