Velveteen Rabbit comes to Lutcher
The classic book, The Velveteen Rabbit, comes to life when Enchantment Theatre Company, in association with Healy Entertainment, stages a brand new musical version of the tale using puppets, masked actors and magic.
With a backdrop of beautiful scenery, there is an original score by Grammy® and Tony® Award-winning composer Don Sebesky and award-winning lyricist Gloria Nissenson that makes this imaginative production a delightfully new experience in family entertainment.
The Velveteen Rabbit, a part of the Time Warner Road Runner Series for Kids, will be at Lutcher Theater on Wednesday, February 20 at 9:30 am and 11:30 am.
Based on the beloved book by Margery Williams, Enchantment Theatre’s The Velveteen Rabbit tells the story of a plush toy bunny coming to life because of the transforming power of a boy’s love. The production offers surprises galore, including larger-than-life puppets and spectacular magic that will captivate audiences both young and old.
While the story of The Velveteen Rabbit is familiar to many, the music is new. Inspired by a great appreciation for the classic bedtime story that he and his wife read to their daughters, Sebesky wrote and recorded songs for The Velveteen Rabbit. A work in progress for years, he collaborated with lyricist Gloria Nissenson (Parents Choice® Award winner) and his wife Janina Serden, a singer and songwriter, and produced The Velveteen Rabbit CD in 2007. Sebesky’s music underscores Enchantment Theatre Company’s production.
Sebesky, as a recording artist, and through his collaborations with other artists, has received 25 Grammy® nominations (three time winner), three Tony® nominations (2000 winner), won two Drama Desk® Awards, has been nominated for three Emmy® Awards, and has won four Clio® Awards.
Healy Entertainment and its president Elizabeth Healy have been involved in all phases of the arts and entertainment industry as a producer, manager and consultant for more than a decade. Joining Healy on The Velveteen Rabbit is Associate Producer Geoff Cohen.
Founded in 1979 by Jennifer Blatchley Smith and Landis Smith, both writers and performers, and expanded to an artistic partnership with Resident Director Leslie Reidel in 1995, Enchantment Theatre Company has toured its original productions all over the world. The company has toured in the Far East six times, performing in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. It also has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City and at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. The Velveteen Rabbit – Love Can Make You Real CD was nominated for a Grammy® Award in the category of Best Musical Album for Children.
Tickets for The Velveteen Rabbit are $3.50 each. The 9:30am performance has the best seating. The show is an hour long. To purchase tickets, call 745-5535 (Golden Triangle) or 1-800-828-5535 (Louisiana), or stop by the box office at 707 Main, Orange, Texas.
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