Adapted from Margery Williams' classic tale of true friendship and what it means to be "really real," Creative PlayGround's version of this most wonderful story modernizes language and locale but retains the original heart. Audience members participate in this play from its opening moment as both guests and gifts at the young protagonist Billy's birthday party. Presents range from an erector set to a video game - all very exciting - but the gift Billy comes to love the most is a stuffed Velveteen Rabbit who becomes his best friend, his confidant and his partner on adventures. The Velveteen Rabbit first comes alive for Billy and the audience through an interactive improvisation of the Adventure of The California Kid and his Sidekick Spot. During this adventure, and the ones that follow, Spot and Billy learn about trust, communication, cooperation, success, failure and how much fun it can be to pretend. Through his imaginary play, the Velveteen Rabbit becomes real to Billy - and the young eyes in the audience - and Billy learns that real love and friendship have nothing to do with what you look like or what you have. The power of true friendship resides in what you share.
This adapted version of the story retains Margery Williams' original ending in which the Velveteen Rabbit must be destroyed to keep Billy safe from the residual germs of a recent bout with a "fever." When the Nursery Magic Fairy comes to take the Velveteen Rabbit away and make him "really real," each audience member is challenged to think about, question and start to define what that means to him/her.
"Quick like a bunny - grab the kids and hop on down for a wonderfully lively production of Margery Williams' The Velveteen Rabbit. Karen Hardcastle adapted this classic tale...some characters and situations have been updated, but the heart of the story remains the same...The energetic and versatile cast are great with little ones."
Los Angeles Parent
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