March - Spring Equinox Play
In late March, when it seems like winter has been going on too long, A Child's Nature staff likes to present a short play about King Winter vs Lady Spring to celebrate the hoped-for change of seasons. King Winter enters telling the audience how much fun winter is and promising more sleet and snow. But he is soon met by Mrs.Thaw who sweeps away the snow. Then, the heroine, Lady Spring, comes in with her lovely singing and bright flowers. Supported by Mrs. Thaw and Farmer Brown with all his animals, Lady Spring is more than a match for King Winter. Finally, she transforms him and sends him on his way– but he'll be back next year.
“King Winter we say, Won't you please go away,
So warm showers will come to the earth.”
This play is basically light-hearted, but it does give the children images that enrich what they are experiencing in their daily outdoor time. Going out in all weathers, they get to know and enjoy both winter and spring, and especially mud season.
(The play was originally written by Darcy Drayton for the Pine Hill Waldorf School May Festival.)