Friday, February 1, 2013
Schleich Theater: Recreating Paul's Snowy Owl Sighting
the famous "Snowy Owl Sighting" by Paul Frost. So won't you join me for a cup of tea and a bite to eat while we sit back and watch what I like to call "When the Frost Meets the Snow."
I must warn you, however, that while this play is based on real events, we have taken many artistic liberties to add a sense of drama and unfolding that are, perhaps, not terribly existent in birder stories. I assure you that even if things did not transpire exactly like they are acted out, they are still within the same spirit. Similarly, all dialog is assumed.
ACT I: We open with our main protagonists "Paul" and "Maggie" driving outside of St. Clet, Quebec, Canada. Their goal is to find a snowy owl, but their conversation is on events of the world:
Maggie: I do see your level of dedication, but I do not see any snowy owl. Perhaps we should look on a barn or other large structure?
Paul: Never will it be on a barn, look over in these woods, perhaps?
ACT II: Our intrepid birders have found the Snowy Owl. But something occurs which will change their life forever.
Snowy Owl: We are one, nothing could tear us apart, but what of your wife?
Paul: She would never understand.
Maggie: Paul, what is this? I do not understand?
And end scene
A cautionary tale. I would like to say that this was entirely fictional, but I have known too many birders who chased and caught sight of the Snowy Owl only to have the same thing happen.