Pentucket's Snow dedicates herself to her old school

BRYAN EATON/Staff PhotoThe cast of Snow Angel run through a dress rehearsal on Monday afternoon of the Pentucket Middle School production opening this weekend.

WEST NEWBURY — She may have graduated from Pentucket Regional High School seven years ago but Brooke Snow just can’t seem to stay out of her old classrooms.

Snow is a member of the Pentucket Regional High School Class of 2012 but currently works as a special education paraprofessional at both her alma mater and the Pentucket Regional Middle School.

Having earned a bachelors degree in theater education from the University of New Hampshire, Snow also spent about five years substitute teaching in her old school district.

Not content with temporary teaching, Snow has also spent the past four years directing musical productions such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at the district’s Bagnall and Sweetsir Elementary Schools.

“I’ve grown a bit of a following for those,“ Snow said. “I love Pentucket.”

Snow recently obtained her master’s degree in educational theater from New York University and will be putting her additional knowledge to good use this weekend when she debuts her first middle school production as a director, “Snow Angel” in the middle school auditorium at the end of the week.

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire, “Snow Angel” tells the story of teenagers who find a mysterious girl named Eva in a blizzard during a snow day but no one knows where she came from or who she is.

“This is seventh and eighth graders,” Snow said. “I found that the play will be an acting challenge for the students and the dialogue is very realistic. I thought that would give them a chance to represent themselves within their characters.”

According to Snow, the characters in “Snow Angel” are not the typical “caricatures” of middle school students one might find in a musical or a TV show.

“They are very real human beings,” Snow said.

Snow is in charge of 32 middle school actors and actresses who have been paired off into duel cast productions.

“There are two separate casts,” Snow said. “So people can go twice and see the same show but with different kids.”

Snow also has a crew of roughly 10 students working as stage managers, scenic artists, set designers and costume designers.

Pentucket Regional High School senior Michelle Reading, freshman Reagan Goldstein and sophomore Bella Brancato are leading the movement ensembles which are dancers are perform between scenes to tell the story from a different perspective.

“This is a straight play, it is not a musical but we are also doing dances in between scenes,” Snow said. “They help tell the story in a different way.”

The dance vignettes take place in the past but also “intertwine” with the present day story, according to Snow who admitted, “it is kind of funky.”

Although Eva is lost in a blizzard, “Snow Angel” is “less scary and more of a mystery,” according to the director.

“It’s mysterious but also very, very funny,” Snow said. “There are parts of it that have had me laughing out loud.”

The show’s “Snow Cast” will be performing in the middle school auditorium on Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m., while the “Angel Cast” will perform Friday, June 7 at 7 pm.

Both casts will also perform during the Saturday June 8 matinees at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at jsullivan@newburyportnews.com or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.