PLAYSHOP SEASON OPENS WITH CLASSIC 'VELVETEEN RABBIT,' MAY 25-JUNE 4
HARRISONBURG — The Children's Playshop at James Madison University is ready to raise the curtain on "The Velveteen Rabbit," the first of its three summer shows.
Published in 1922 by Margery Williams, "The Velveteen Rabbit" has become one of the most beloved children's stories ever written. The JMU Children's Playshop production was adapted for the stage and directed by Bill Buck, director of the JMU School of Theatre and Dance.
"The Velveteen Rabbit" is the story of a toy rabbit that belongs to a little boy. The rabbit dreams of becoming real, and learns that the little boy's love has the power to cause a magical transformation. Fans of the book will be delighted by Buck's adaptation, which is faithful to both the literal plot and the emotional tone of Williams' story.
"The Velveteen Rabbit" opens May 25 and runs through June 4. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with weekend matinees Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. All performances are in JMU's Theatre II, located next to FedEx Kinko's on South Main Street in Harrisonburg.
All seats are $5 and may be purchased by calling the box office at (540)568-7836. To download the ticket order form, visit the JMU Children's Playshop Web site at www.jmu.edu/theatre/child.htm. Reservations are strongly encouraged as shows often do sell out.
Upcoming shows are "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp," which runs June 15-25, and Beverly Cleary's "The Mouse and the Motorcycle," which runs July 13-23.
JMU Children's Playshop began in 1994 and has drawn family audiences to Theatre II every summer since then, for a season of children's theatre designed especially for young audiences. From the pint-sized, front-row seats to the souvenirs and prizes at the concession stand to the quick audience-etiquette review before the show, every aspect of the experience is designed to introduce children to the magic of live theatre.