Auditions for The Velveteen Rabbit
Sunday, February 24, 7:00 PM
The Broadview Heights Spotlights will be holding auditions for its upcoming Theater for Young Audiences production of The Velveteen Rabbit, adapted by James Still from the classic story by Margery Williams. Director Brenton Cochran is seeking a large cast consisting of kids (10 and up), teens, and adults. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Rehearsals will begin March 3; the show runs May 4 – 12.
If you are interested in auditioning, but unable to attend the scheduled time, please contact the director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This enchanting version of the classic children’s story is a winner of The Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award. Unbeknownst to Andrew’s grumpy nursemaid, there is a life to the playthings on the floor and in the toy cabinet when the lights go out in the nursery Timothy Lion, Train Engine, Skin Horse, Model Boat and Velveteen Rabbit all spring to life. Actors represent the ’spirit’ of each toy-chattering, bickering and sharing their feelings in hilarious and touching interactions. With narration by the tender and grandfatherly Skin Horse Spirit, you’ll laugh and cry along with the characters as they endure the trials and tribulations of their unique experiences-especially the Rabbit Spirit, who learns about love when he gains the affection of the young boy. The raggedy stuffed bunny is with him every moment until Andrew comes down with scarlet fever and the doctor orders all bedding, including the much-loved toy, to be burned. Rabbit Spirit escapes that terrible fate by a ‘hare,’ finding himself among the wild rabbits and the beautiful nursery magic fairy. With a late-Victorian flavor in the dialogue and costuming, this adaptation creatively and beautifully renders for the stage the miraculous story of a stuffed animal made real by a child’s love and a little magic.
Andrew, a young boy (can be played by a girl as Andrea)
Nana, an elderly nursemaid
Uncle Brad, his uncle; late twenties
Mother, Andrew’s mother
Doctor, attends to Andrew
Timothy Spirit, a wood-jointed toy lion
Train Engine Spirit
Skin Horse Spirit
Model Boat Spirit
Nursery Magic Fairy
Wild Rabbit One
Wild Rabbit Two
Wild Rabbit Chorus
Brown Rabbit, female; wise about the world