The Children’s Theatre of Long Beach Welcome All Ages to Audition for “The Velveteen Rabbit”

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The Children’s Theatre of Long Beach

An original musical adaptation of Margery Williams’ classic children’s story, The Velveteen Rabbit, is being produced by The Children’s Theatre of Long Beach. With roles open for performers and actors of all ages, the Children’s Theatre of Long Beach mainstage shows are terrific opportunities for families and friends to work together to tell great and meaningful stories.

The Velveteen Rabbit, with music and lyrics by Erik Pryztulski, was adapted for the stage by Bethany Price, who will be directing this production. Originally presented by Minnie Gant Elementary School less than 10 years ago, the show has now seen a half dozen productions throughout the United States, including productions in Virginia, Pennsylvania and an upcoming show in Florida in March. This adaptation is very faithful to the story, message and themes of Williams’ beautiful bedtime tale, which tells the story of a stuffed rabbit made of velveteen fur, and the young boy who loved it. The story is set in 1920s America, and features a cast of characters that includes several members of the boy’s family, a Nursery Magic Fairy, a trusted nanny, rabbits, toy soldiers, and a whole closet full of toys. Long before Toy Story brought movie audiences a sneak peak into the secret life of toys, Velveteen Rabbit explored the nature, power and sacrifice of love through the conversations toys had behind the toy cabinet doors. A full range of characters including a Model Boat, a Race Car, a Spinning Top, Raggedy Ann and Andy, the Skin Horse, Velveteen and multiple blocks and toy soldiers discuss, debate, and sing and dance in this musical, and need actors young and old to bring them to life.

Auditions, rehearsals and performances will be held at the California Heights United Methodist Church in Long Beach, located at 3759 Orange Avenue in Long Beach. Auditions are Thursday, August 14 from 6-9pm, and Saturday, August 16 from 9-12pm. There is no fee to audition or participate. The show will rehearse Wednesday-Fridays from 6:30-9pm and Saturdays from 10-2pm. Actors will not be called to all rehearsals. Performances will be September 25-28.

For more information visit www.childrenstheatreoflongbeach.org or call 562-999-4691. To sign up for the Children’s Theatre of Long Beach email newsletter and begin receiving information regarding lessons, auditions and performances offered by the Children’s Theatre of Long Beach, email info@childrenstheatreoflongbeach.org and include newsletter in the subject line.

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