If you are looking for some good old fashioned Yooper fun this weekend, look no further than the Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette.
The one–man show “Snowflake,” featuring Northern Michigan University grad Gayle LaJoye, is now in its 24th year, but is still as fun as ever.
LaJoye uses physical comedy and uncanny body language to convey the real–life story of a Marquette legend named Snowflake, without ever speaking a single word – a skill he honed during his years with the Ringling Brothers Circus.
“‘Snowflake’ was just a different kind of show for me,” LaJoye said. “It was where I’m not working with the audience particularly–the fourth wall is up so it’s much harder to be a solo performer and not elicit response from the audience and have them part of your show. That was the challenge for me–how do I put together what is basically a silent film.”
“It’s comedy, there’s humor, but there’s heartfelt moments. All the humor is really generated from getting to know the character and the character having fun with himself. So it’s not laughing at this character but laughing with this character. And that’s much more respectful especially when you’re a classic person from Marquette–Snowflake. You have to be respectful and I felt so confident about that when I did the show I had him in the front row the first time and sat back here and watched the shows.”
The first show is Saturday at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. The Eclectico String Quartet will be performing a half hour before each show.
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