Meet Zak Reynolds of 'The Snowy Day': 'A fan of being happy'

Zak Reynolds, Rachel Kae Taylor and Robert Lee Hardy. Snowy Day.

The cast of ‘The Snowy Day Other Stories,’ from left: Zak Reynolds, Rachel Kae Taylor and Robert Lee Hardy. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

Zak Reynolds is one of three ensemble members in DCPA Education’s The Snowy Day and Other Stories, by Ezra Jack Keats, playing through Nov. 18 in the Conservatory Theatre, located in the Newman Center for Theatre Education. 

At the Denver Center: Debut. National tours: A Year with Frog and Toad. Regional: World premiere of Bella: An American Tall Tale (Dallas Theater Center); Spamalot, Les Miserables, Schoolhouse Rock Live! (Casa Mañana), Go Dog, Go!, Skippy Jon Jones, A Wrinkle in Time (Dallas Children’s Theater), Dogfight (WaterTower Theater), The Liar, Less Than Kind (Theatre 3). Named Best Actor 2014 by D Magazine.

  • Zak Reynolds. Snowy DayHometown: Fort Worth, Texas
  • Training: Circle in the Square Theatre School, New York
  • Twitter-sized bio: I am always psyched to be consistently moving and working on something new or innovative. Challenging myself keeps me on my toes. I’m a fan of forming new relationships. I love being happy, and I feel that I can be a role model for young actors looking to find their own light, whether in theater or any other lifestyle.
  • What was the role that changed your life? When I did Dogfight at the WaterTower Theater, it was a difficult time for me. I had just joined the union at the beginning of that year, and began to lose my hair due to Alopecia right before the production went into rehearsals. That role challenged me to stay patient with my aspirations because no matter what I looked like on stage, hair or no hair, I knew I still could be successful, even with mental barricades in the way. It took a while to be comfortable, but looking back on that time it is something that I will never forget, and I am now grateful for.
  • Why are you an actor? Acting is a way to be free for a few hours a day. It takes me out of whatever I may be facing in real life and lets me portray another set of challenges in someone else’s shoes. It’s so rewarding to expose theater to children. I grew up around a theatrical family. It is in my blood to make sure future generations are just as inspired by theatre as I was.
  • What do you be doing if you were not an actor? I’m always up for the service industry. As crazy as this might sound, I love the high-end restaurant world. Or I would be a nurse. A nurse would be neat.
  • Ideal scene partner? Alan Langdon. When I went to school at Circle in the Square, he was always the teacher I never understood completely but I feel like I didn’t free myself enough to the work as much as I wanted to at 18 years old. He questioned every single moment of my scene work, no matter the text. He was definitely a mentor who challenged all of my senses, and I thrived.
  • Why does The Snowy Day matter? Because even though a kid might be timid or a little less animated than others it’s totally OK to be that way – and also have tons of fun. Peter is a kid who wants to go on adventures and play all of the time, but he still has a quiet, thoughtful side to him. We can all connect with learning how to whistle or finding out who our first crush is. No matter how hard a journey may be, this is a story that shows everything ends up just fine.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of this play? I want them to feel chills leaving the theater, having seen something they might never have seen before. I hope they all feel connected by the notion of learning to whistle or dealing with mom making you put on your PJs. As long as they connect in some way, then we actors have done a great job.
  • Finish this sentence: “All I want is …”
    ” … for people to chill out, look on the bright side of life, and know that someone is always there for you when hard times arise.”

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First rehearsal photos: Forecast calls for a Snowy Day at DCPA
DCPA Education to launch Theatre for Young Audiences

The Snowy Day and Other Stories: Ticket information
Snowy DayFrom the joys of a first snowfall and learning how to whistle to thrilling encounters delivering a precious invitation, the delightful moments of childhood are perfectly captured in this medley of simple, sweet stories.

  • Written by Ezra Jack Keats; adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston
  • Performances through Nov. 18
  • School performances: Weekdays 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. (except Thursdays are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
  • Public performances: 1:30 p.m. Saturdays
  • Conservatory Theatre, located in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education, 1101 13th St.,
  • Tickets $10 (discounts and scholarships available)
  • Best suited for: Pre-K through third grade
  • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
  • Teachers: Inquire by clicking here or calling 303-446-4829
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