"Snowflake" Returns to Marquette

Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette is getting ready to host a one–man play that has become an area tradition during the holiday season.

Since 1990, Marquette native Gale LaJoye has performed “Snowflake” across the world.

He’s taken it to Australia, Scotland, Japan and many other countries.

The play is a tribute to the late Don Stenglein, a Marquette resident more commonly known as Snowflake.

Gale says that when he was in college, he used to know Don; NMU arts students like himself lived in the same rooming house that Don lived in.

In the play, Snowflake lives in poverty, but he creates beautiful items out of other people’s garbage.

Gale actually made the set pieces for “Snowflake” himself.

He’s thought about retiring “Snowflake” for about five years, but Gale says with the recession and its lingering effects upon us for the last several years, the production is more poignant than ever.

“Snowflake” is also silent, without a single line of dialogue.

Performances are at Kaufman Auditorium Friday night at 7:30 and Saturday afternoon at 2 pm.

Tickets cost $17 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $8 for children age 12 and under.

For the Saturday matinee, the children’s admission price is being reduced to $5.

McDonald’s Music Store in Marquette and the Falling Rock Cafe in Munising are selling advance tickets.

They’re also available at the Kaufman Auditorium’s website.

Some tickets will also likely be available at the door.