The Village Church Community Theater announces performances of “The Velveteen Rabbit,” adapted from the book by Margery Williams on Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 5 at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m.
This timeless tale is about love and sacrifice as revealed through the story of a small stuffed rabbit given as a gift to a small child. “There are two ways to be real” the Skin Horse toy tells the Velveteen Rabbit — the first is when you are real to one special child, and the second is when you are real to the world. More than anything, he wants to be a real rabbit — real to the world. One night the Toy Fairy offers him a chance, but he must leave with her immediately. The child, who is ill will die without him. Will the Velveteen Rabbit go with the Toy Fairy or will his love his love for the child cause him to turn back on the thing he wants most? This gentle and tender fable is ideal for the young and the young at heart.
Cast in the role of the small child is Rachel Waite with Michele Bluhm as the Velveteen Rabbit and Audrey O’Grady as Mother. Drew Middleton steps once again on the stage in the role of Uncle Brad, with John Chalmers as the Doctor, Holley Kinnear as Nana with veteran actor Kirk Duncan as Peavey, the gardener. Toy Spirits are played by Lindsay Dickson, Kevin Hettinger, Cole Wilson and Grace See. The Wild Rabbits are performed by Brooke Waite and Spencer Noel and are joined by Isabella Potenziani as the Magic Fairy, Avery Edwards as the Brown Rabbit, Sierra Jacobson, Brooke Wells and Jeremiah Cho as the Rabbit Chorus. Isabel Jacobson, Aidan Davis, Taylor Austin and Paige Younkin are the Tree Spirits.
Producing director is Margie Wood with lighting design by Twyla Arant, scenic design by Jeff James, costume design by Dawn Edwards and Pat Dickinson, and sound design by Elliott Adams.
The performances are free for general seating. Preferred seating for $10 per seat can be reserved at