The Velveteen Rabbit
May 3-6, 2018
adapted by Scott Davidson
A timeless tale of love and sacrifice. A young boy is given a stuffed toy rabbit that he cannot be apart from. Can the velveteen rabbit become real through his child’s love? Margery Williams’ classic is filled with the joy and pain of childhood and continues to share a mysterious truth that becomes wiser and more meaningful the older we grow - “What is real?”
ACTOR I VOICE 1 / MOUSE / MAGIC / BUNNY 2
ACTOR 2 VOICE 2 / SKIN HORSE / BUNNY 1
ACTOR 3 VOICE 3 / NANA / TRAIN
ACTOR 4 VOICE 4 / BOY
ACTOR 5 VELVETEEN RABBIT
November 20, Monday, from 4:30-9:30 at 15 minute increments
November 21, Tuesday, from 4:30-9:30 at 15 minute increments
Contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an audition slot or come to P W Enns Centennial Concert Hall and take the first available slot.
Come 15 minutes before your audition slot to complete the audition form.
Prepare / Read over the readings, pick one to memorize / know well and present to the director. Readings will be sent to you once you have reserved an audition slot and will be available at the hall during auditions.
During the audition the director will present you with additional readings from the production.
Rehearsals will be starting in January and run up to the performance, a detailed calendar will be available at auditions.
Performances are May 2-6, 2018.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
The play takes place primarily in two locations: the nursery where the boy sleeps and keeps his toys, and outside in a garden, a field and other places where a boy and his stuffed bunny might play together.
Actors 1-4 remain onstage through the entire play, freely moving in and out of the playing area.
The presentation of this play should not be literal but rather come alive like a painting in front of the audience’s eyes. All costumes and set pieces should be suggestive and representative, not exact.
Perhaps no piece of literature we experience in our lives will touch us as deeply and profoundly as the classics of childhood. They can be our guide through the turmoil and frustrations of youth, a gentle and reassuring reminder of the joys of life and the touchstone for our warmest memories. Few writers are capable of the simple, direct and affecting prose which communicate so many of life’s mysteries and wonders with so few words. Yet time and time again we can return to these literary gems from our youth only to discover deeper meanings in their magical tales. From Charlotte’s Web to Tuck Everlasting and yes, even Goodnight Moon, we each have our favorite book that still possesses the power to move us with its message. Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit is one of these timeless stories. It is filled with the joy and pain of childhood and continues to share a mysterious truth that becomes wiser and more meaningful the older we grow - ”What is Real?”
The opportunity to adapt this story was a special gift for me. I felt an obligation to find a way to communicate what I believed was the true spirit of Ms. Williams’ tale: “What is Real?” The affirmation that I had achieved this came when, after a production in North Carolina, I received a letter from Ms. Williams’ grandson containing a photograph of Margery Williams and a brief note thanking me for an adaptation he felt finally captured the true spirit of her words. That letter made my adaptation “Real” for me. May you share this journey with Margery Williams’ timeless little hero and discover what is Real - for you.
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