The Indianapolis Civic Theatre gives Indianapolis kids a chance to share their talents with the Circle City in The Velveteen Rabbit, June 18 to 23. This community based Indianapolis theatre makes it possible for Indianapolis people to perform year round, but now its time for just kids to shine. Margery Williams’ classic tale of a little stuffed bunny offers the perfect framework for kids to take a taste of the limelight. Tickets to this Indianapolis event are $9.00, with a special $6.00 per child rate available for groups and daycare centers. With performances in the evening on June 18 and 19 and during the weekdays June 21 to 23, this Indianapolis performing arts event is designed to attract other Indianapolis kids to the theatre.
Produced through Indianapolis Civic Theatre’s educational youth program Jr. Civic, The Velveteen Rabbit gives youth ages six to eighteen the opportunity to participate in a professionally staged, full scale musical production on the Theatre’s mainstage at Marian University. Civic Jr. has a wonderful history of producing great shows like Willy Wonka, Jr., Alice in Wonderland, Charlotte’s Web, Rumpelstiltskin, Twelve Dancing Princesses, Once Upon A Shoe and the American premiere of The Curios Quest for the Sandman’s Sand.
Now Civic Jr. presents The Velveteen Rabbit. The story of the little stuffed bunny who dreams of becoming a real rabbit has delighted young readers for decades. With a perfect blend of outrageous comedy and touching profundity, The Velveteen Rabbit tells the story of a toy bunny, given as a birthday present to a young boy, who finds the cute and cuddly stuffed animal in a closet surrounded by rude and unfriendly toys. The bunny loves the boy who owns him, but fears the “Top Banana Nana,” and dreams of hopping among the real rabbits he meets in the woods.
Regardless of his status as stuffed rabbit, he is the boy’s constant companion and leads a happy existence at his owner’s side. However, when the boy falls ill with scarlet fever, their idyllic life together is over forever. Upon his recovery, the boy is sent to the seaside on doctor’s orders. When he tries to take his best stuffed animal with him, the doctor forbids it, insisting that all the germ infested toys in the boys quarters by burned in order to disinfect the nursery. As the Velveteen Rabbit faces his imminent demise, it seems only a miracle will save him, that or the Nursery Magic Fairy. Will the Velveteen Rabbit finally scamper with his friends in the forest? Or is he destine to go out in a blaze of glory?
This newly adapted musical version of Williams’ classic book by Barnes Boffey and Paul Picher features both ballads and toe tappers, including “Real Is When. . .” and “The Funny Bunny Rag.” With direction and choreography from Brent E. Marty, Jr. Civic’s production of The Velveteen Rabbitpromises to be a fun experiences for kids to share stories with other kids. With design from Indianapolis Civic Theatre’s regular design team, the production will employ a truly professional attitude, giving participating kids the chance of a lifetime. A cast of more than thirty Indianapolis kids present The Velveteen Rabbit for the enjoyment of Indianapolis culture bugs.
With support from the Lilly Endowment Fund, Indianapolis Woman, the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Radio Disney and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Jr. Civic’s production of The Velveteen Rabbit offers an important contribution to Indianapolis art from the youth of central Indiana. Performances are at 7:00 pm on June 18 and 19 and at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm June 21 to 23.
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