"The Velveteen Rabbit" Speaks of Love and
Loyalty at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre May 18-20

4/23/07


Is a favorite toy ever really outdated? Discover the power of love and loyalty between a child and his beloved stuffed rabbit when The Yardley Players presents "The Velveteen Rabbit" at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for this family classic are: Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 19 at 2 and 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 20 at 2 and 4 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on the college's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Written by Margery Williams and first published in 1922, "The Velveteen Rabbit" evokes the joys and losses that come with growing up. A new stuffed rabbit arrives in the nursery and quickly learns the pecking order as he is snubbed by the more expensive, mechanical toys. Still, the Velveteen Rabbit comes to be valued by the Boy above all the other toys. When the Boy falls ill with scarlet fever, the rabbit is his constant companion. And when the rabbit is doomed to be destroyed along with other artifacts of the sick room, the Boy's love enables him to be magically transformed into a real live rabbit. "The Velveteen Rabbit" will delight children and bring warm memories to any grown-up who shared his or her childhood with a prized stuffed animal.

Featured in leading roles are: Sarah Webster as the Velveteen Rabbit, Ben Weinstein as the Boy, Rachael Petzinger as Nana, Beth Koenig as Mom/Fairy, and Kathryn Rickman as the narrator. Also featured are Jeffrey Rosenthal as Skin Horse, Meghan Monte as Spinning Top, Andy Monken as Mack the Mechanical Man, William Burke as Boat/Gardener, Shannon Speigel as Jackie Box, Emily Corrigan as Clown/Flo, Samantha Gougher as Ball/Baby Rabbit, Matt McNeill as Drum, Jonathan Falzon as Hoppy/Truck, Daniel Rosenberg as Unkie Will/Doctor, Stephen Szemis as Rocket, Adjenai Worrell as Teddy, Michala Schiano as Duck/Baby Rabbit. Blocks are played by Morgan Wagner, Laura Kitces Fishman, Emma Beavers, Megan Heimback, Delia Monken, and Kaitlyn Gahrmann. Howard Matter directs the show. The musical director is Laurie Gougher and the choreographer is Paula Matthews.

Starring in "The Velveteen Rabbit" are
Sarah Webster as the rabbit and
Ben Weinstein as the Boy.
The full cast of "The Velveteen Rabbit."
Featured as blocks in the nursery are, from left,
Delia Monken, Megan Heimback, Emma Beavers,
Laura Kitces Fishman, and Morgan Wagner.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for children and seniors. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

For more on events at Kelsey see:

Kelsey Webpage
Ticket Information
Audition Information
Kelsey Kids Playshops

Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops

Directions to MCCC

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