DEATH OF A SNOWMAN by Daniel Guyton
DEATH OF A SNOWMAN - 1M,1F. One-Act (10 min), A snowman and a little girl
discuss the afterlife in this existential Yuletide comedy.

*Winner of the Gotta Go! Newsletter's "Favorite of the Evening" award in 2009*
*Semi-Finalist in the
Play-Makers Spokane Hit & Run VII in Spokane, WA, 2013*



"[Michael] Shelton and Amanda Lynn Meyer team up nicely in DEATH OF A
SNOWMAN
, a poignant moment between a girl who has lost her mother and her
snowman, who explains the circle of life in the coolest way possible." (Elizabeth
Musgrave,
GottaGo.us, 2009)

"Best of the bunch is Daniel Guyton’s
DEATH OF A SNOWMAN, in which actor
Michael Shelton gives the best performance I’ve seen from him (and I’ve seen some fine
ones) as a snowman discussing life and death with a young girl (Amanda Lynn Meyer)."
(Lou Harry,
Indianapolis Business Journal, 2009)

"Nor is [the festival] all fluff. One short play has a little girl charmingly but profoundly
discussing death and the after-life with a compassionate snow man, for example.
(
DEATH OF A SNOWMAN, by Daniel Guyton)." (Hope Baugh, Indy Theatre Habit,
2009)

"I read DEATH OF A SNOWMAN and it is absolutely beautiful. You had me laughing
and crying throughout the play." (Geri Albrecht, Heuer Publishing, 2009)

"Stephen [Hunt] gives a freshly poignant interpretation to the older and wiser snowman
that Xmas newcomer Claire Wilcher talks to about immortality... in “
DEATH OF A
SNOWMAN
,” by Daniel Guyton... I felt as if my face were leaking, I cried so much
during this piece, but I just let the tears fall and wiped them away as needed. I never got
around to voting online, but Guyton’s “
DEATH OF A SNOWMAN” is probably my
favorite of all of the Phoenix Xmas pieces." (Hope Baugh,
Indy Theatre Habit, 2010)

"What I love about it is that it transcends it's visual gag and becomes a very moving and
poignant piece about a child coping with death and ultimately about our purpose and the
meaning of life.
[DEATH OF A SNOWMAN] lifts our show to something beyond sight
gags, puns and songs. That's why it's the second to the last play of the evening. " (Bryan
Fonseca, Artistic Director for The Phoenix Theatre, 2010)

"Daniel Guyton's
[DEATH OF A SNOWMAN] presents a little girl (Claire Wilcher) in
earnest dialogue with a huge snowman (Stephen Hunt) about death and the preciousness
of life." (Jay Harvey,
IndyStar.com, 2010)

"
DEATH OF A SNOWMAN is a bittersweet little interlude between a motherless child
and her come-to-life snowman. The theme is the fragility of life and the pain of loss...
The play [features] the wonderful work of Indigo Colbert as Charlotte. So convincing is
her performance as the sad, wistful child I cannot begin to guess at Colbert's actual age.
Brava!" (John Quinn,
Encore Michigan, 2011)

"The title says it all in
DEATH OF A SNOWMAN (by Daniel Guyton; director Jackie
Strez), in which young Charlotte (Indigo Colbert) considers the mortality of the snowman
she created (Aaron Timlin), in a ponderous but ultimately touching scene. The play
manages to stretch beyond its exceptional and hilarious costuming; Colbert’s little girl is
contemplative without being precocious, and scene partner Timlin uses a vocal
affectation that provides hilarity without hijacking the connection." (Carolyn Hayes,
The
Rogue Critic, 2011)

"
DEATH OF A SNOWMAN by Daniel Guyton examines life, love and loss through a
fanciful conversation between a young girl and the snowman she created in her
backyard. Charlotte (the adorable Haley Pine) grieves the recent death of her mother and
turns to her rather eloquent, if physically frosty, friend (charmingly played by Billy
Flynn) for a frank and philosophical discussion of life’s biggest questions. Guyton’s
piece suitably explores grief and remembrance by embracing optimism, adding a touch
of humor, and championing the well-lived life." (Veronica Bruscini,
RhodeIsland.
BroadwayWorld.com, 2012)

"In
DEATH OF A SNOWMAN, by Daniel Guyton, a little girl, Charlotte (Haley Pine),
converses with said Snowman (Billy Flynn). She is concerned that he'll be "going away
soon." Her mother, you see, has passed away, so she's wondering what he thinks about
the afterlife. Charlotte asks him why people die and he retorts, "Why do people live?" It's
a sweet little tale about learning acceptance and appreciation." (Bill Rodriguez,
The
Boston Phoenix, 2012)

"Our radio show has ended... It was a glorious three year run, broadcasting well over one
hundred plays. Your play
DEATH OF A SNOWMAN was one of our finest moments.
Thank you... for all of your contributions." (Noah Fredericks, KYRS Radio, 2014)

"What if... a snowman could talk?
DEATH OF A SNOWMAN is the story of a grieving
little girl who has serious questions and no one to talk to — except her snowman. What
follows is a poignant conversation she has with her older and wiser friend about
humanity’s biggest questions about death and the preciousness and purpose of life.
Rachel Funkhouser and Jordan Town portray Charlotte and Mr. Snowman." (Press
Release,
The Fairfield Ledger, 2016)

"I recommend this play. We produced it in 2 different seasons!" (Bryan Fonseca,
Phoenix Theatre, 2015)

"I loved it in the play slam [in Valdez, AK] and knew that someday I wanted my students
to do it." (Jill Bess Neimeyer, East Anchorage High School, 2016)

-Produced by Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, IN, 2009
-Published by
Heuer Publishing in 2009
-Produced by
Canberra Girls Grammar School in ACT, Australia, 2010
-Produced by
Elkins High School in Missouri City, TX, 2010
-Produced by
Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, IN, 2010
-Produced by
Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, OH, 2010
-Produced by
Barley Sheaf Players in Lionville, PA, 2011
-Produced at
BoxFest Detroit 2011 Festival in Detroit, MI, 2011
-Produced by
Harbor Ridge Middle School in Gig Harbor, WA, 2011
-Produced by
American River College of Sacramento, CA, 2011
-Produced by
Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, VA , 2011
-Produced by
Lake Michigan Catholic in Saint Joseph, MI, 2011
-Produced by
Maclay School in Tallahassee, FL, 2011
-Produced by
Dancing Goat Theatre in John's Creek, GA, 2011
-Produced at
Black Box Theatre in Cranston, RI, 2012
-Produced by
Deubrook Area Schools in White, SD, 2012
-Produced by
San Jose Rep's Emerging Arists Lab in San Jose, CA, 2012
-Produced as a Radio Drama by
KYRS Radio (92.3fm) in Spokane, WA, 2013
-Produced by
Harbor Ridge Middle School in Gig Harbor, WA, 2013
-Produced at
Scituate High School as part of SpringFest 2013 in Scituate, MA, 2013
-Produced by
Harper College's Summer InZone Program in Palatine, IL, 2013
-Produced by
Neuqua Valley Theatre Department in Naperville, IL, 2013
-Produced by
Montgomery Central Middle School in Cunngingham, TN, 2013
-Produced by
Storm Lake High School in Storm Lake, IA, 2013
-Produced by
Suffolk County Community College in Selden, NY, 2013
-Produced at the
Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK, 2014
-Produced by
East Anchorage High School in Anchorage, AK, 2014
-Published by
Brooklyn Publishers in 2014
-Published in
Famous Last Words by Heuer Publishing in 2014
-Produced by
Madrid High School in Madrid, IA, 2014
-Produced by
Mostly Harmless Productions in Schenectady, NY, 2014
-Produced by
Second Stage Studio in Cumberland, RI, 2014
-Produced by
Devil's Lake Public School in Devil's Lake, ND, 2014
-Produced by
Scribner Snyder Community Schools in Scribner, NE, 2014
-Produced by
Watford City Public Schools in Watford, ND, 2014
-Produced by
Callaway Public School in Callaway, NE, 2014
-Produced by
Rumson County Day School in Oceanport, NJ, 2014
-Produced by
Independent School District #881 in Maple Lake, MN, 2014
-Produced by
Sioux Valley Schools in Volga, SD, 2014
-Produced by
Holy Names Speech Team in Seattle, WA, 2014
-Produced by
Lowery Freshman Center in Allen, TX, 2014
-Produced by
Plainfield North High School in Plainfield, IL, 2014
-Produced on
KPBX 91.1fm as a Radio Drama in Spokane, WA, 2014
-Produced by
Trinity High School in Camp Hill, PA, 2015
-Produced by
Vinita High School in Vinita, OK, 2015
-Produced by
Westbrook Walnut Grove High School in Westbrook, MN, 2015
-Produced by
Bridgeton High School in Bridgeton, NJ, 2015
-Produced by
Leyton High School in Dalton, NE, 2015
-Produced by
Manual High School in Peoria, IL, 2015
-Produced by
Woodland Middle School in Taylor Mill, KY, 2015
-Produced by
Eureka High School in Eureka, IL, 2015
-Produced by
Lone Jack High School Speech Team in Lone Jack, MO, 2015
-Produced by
Twin Cedars Community Schools in Bussey, IA, 2015
-Produced by
Liberal Eye Productions as an animated film, 2015
-Produced by
Wright Drama Club in Wright, WY, 2015
-Produced by
Star Valley High School in Afton, WY, 2015
-Produced by
Carpe Diem Innovative School in Cincinnati, OH, 2015
-Produced by
Lisbon Central School in Lisbon, NY, 2015
-Produced by
St. Roch Catholic School in Indianapolis, IN, 2015
-Produced by
Union High School in Big Stone Gap, VA, 2015
-Produced by
Riverdale High School in Port Byron, IL, 2015
-Produced by
South Sioux City High School in South Sioux City, NE, 2015
-Produced by
Stansbury High School in Stansbury Park, UT, 2015
-Produced by
Troy High School in Troy, KS, 2015
-Produced by
Midway Speech Team in Inkster, ND, 2015
-Produced by
Hobbs Municipal School in Hobbs, NM, 2015
-Produced by
Newnan High School in Newnan, GA, 2016
-Produced by
Herington High School in Herington, KS, 2016
-Produced by
Kansas City Christian School in Prairie Village, KS, 2016
-Produced by
Naperville Central High School in Naperville, IL, 2016
-Produced by
Marion High School in Marion, KS, 2016
-Produced by
Salyards Middle School in Cypress, TX, 2016
-Produced by
Stansbury High School in Stansbury Park, UT, 2016
-Produced by
Crete High School in Crete, NE, 2016
-Produced by
Fairfield High School in Fairfield, IA, 2016
-Produced by
Palatine High School in Palatine, IL, 2016
-Produced by
Brandon Valley High School in Brandon Valley, SD, 2016
-Produced by
Columbia High School in Nampa, ID, 2016
-Produced by
Windsor Senior High School in Imperial, MO, 2016
-Produced by
Maryville R-II School District in Maryville, MO, 2016
-Produced by
The Vanguard School in Colorado Springs, CO, 2016
-Produced by
Filer High School in Filer, ID, 2016
-Produced by
Nedrose High School in Minot, ND, 2016
-Produced by
Torrance High School in Torrance, CA, 2016
-Staged Reading by
East Anchorage High School in Anchorage, AK, 2016
-Produced by
Central High School in Norwood Young America, MN, 2016
-Produced by
Lisbon High School in Lisbon, ND, 2016
-Produced by
Living Word Lutheran School in Jackson, WI, 2017
-Produced by
Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, NC, 2017
-Produced by
McGregor High School in McGregor, MN, 2017

Press Release on The Fairfield Ledger (2016)
Press Release #2 on The Fairfield Ledger (2016)
Review by Veronica Bruscini of BroadwayWorld.com (2012)
Review by Bill Rodriguez of The Boston Phoenix (2012)
Review by Carolyn Hayes of The Rogue Critic (2011)
Review by John Quinn of Encore Michigan (2011)
Review by Lou Harry of Indianapolis Business Journal (2010)
Review by Hope Baugh of Indy Theatre Habit (2010)
Review by Jay Jarvey of The Indianapolis Star (2010)
Press Release by John Munford of The Fayetteville Citizen (2010)
Review by Lou Harry of Indianapolis Business Journal (2009)
Review by Hope Baugh of Indy Theatre Habit (2009)
Review by Elizabeth J Musgrave of GottaGo.us (2009)
Review by John Beldin of EastofIndy.com (2009)
Press Release on BroadwayWorld.com (2009)
Death of a Snowman was translated into Arabic by Mohamed Ghoneem