The Velveteen Rabbit Comes to Life Dec. 4

Inspired by watching her children play, Margery Williams creates a classic story of a stuffed rabbit that becomes real through the eyes of his young master. The revelation of the rabbit’s true state when it and the boy are separated produces a grief borne of love that magically transforms the rabbit forever. A story about unconditional love and beauty from the inside, The Velveteen Rabbit is a favorite especially around Christmas holidays.

The_Velveteen_Rabbit_pg_1Read the book and see the show! At 7pm on Wednesday, December 4 in Marvin Auditorium, view a preview of the Helen Hocker Theater performance of The Velveteen Rabbit. Young childen will enjoy a short animated clip, a fingerplay, and seeing a live bunny. Perhaps you cherish a Velveteen Rabbit type toy of your own. How did your favorite inanimate companion become so beloved? Do you have a story you could share? Please feel free to bring your story and cherished animal toy to this library program or if you can’t make it, leave a comment below.

This is a sneak preview of Helen Hocker Theater’s performance of the play of the same name, adapted by Topeka playwright Philip Grecian. The youth production will run from December 13-21. See theater’s website.

The playwright, Philip Grecian, was recently awarded the Performing Art Award by ARTSConnect. Sarah Fizell, executive director of ARTSConnect, shares her perspective of Mr. Grecian, a Topeka talent. And Joanna Lassley, Helen Hocker Associate Artistic Director, will talk about Helen Hocker under the auspices of the Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy.  Helen Hocker spawned Joanna’s love of theatre as a teenager which charted her life educational and career path.

Janet Pionkowski

Janet is a member of the Bookmobile staff serving the public on the bookmobiles and in elementary classrooms through the Kansas Connections programming as a Solar System Ambassador.