MAILED: Nov. 29, 2000
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Theatre for Young Audiences will give one public performance of the play The Velveteen Rabbit, which is based on the book by Margery Williams.
The Velveteen Rabbit was developed within a class and was scheduled for touring only, said Dr. Cheryl Starr, associate professor of music and theatre arts and director of the play. However, we have sold out all of our booking dates, and the students in the play wanted to do one performance so their family and friends could see it.
The play, which has been touring since Oct. 24, will be performed publicly at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, in Riverside Theatre of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The adaptation to be performed closely follows Williams story of a toy rabbit and his desire to become real. It presents the timeless message of the power of love that children and adults alike can take to heart.
Sophomore Steven Wilson, Mc Farland, plays the boy, and senior Lynsey Ray, Maple, plays the Velveteen Rabbit. Chorus members playing additional roles are seniors Kelly Stringer, Sun Prairie, wind-up mouse and nursery magic; Brian Benson, Superior, skin horse; and Davina Joiner, Cambridgeshire, England, nanny; and junior Lewis Johnston, Hampshire, England, train.
Senior Beth Janetski, River Falls, is the designer. The students designed and created the set and all other technical elements as part of the class.
Tickets for the performance are $2 each and are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 29, 2000