The PHS drama club will be performing The Velveteen Rabbit on Thursday, December 20 and Friday, December 21 at 7 p.m. in the Uyesugi Auditorium. Admission is $3.00 for ages twelve and up, and anyone under twelve is $1.00.
The Velveteen Rabbit is originally a British children’s book written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson. It tells the story of a stuffed rabbit who has the desire to become real through the love of his owner. The book was originally published in 1922 and has since been recreated and republished. It is now a popular play that is performed mainly for younger audiences.
The main characters are freshman Michael Hannon as James, junior Megan Poe as Grandmother, and junior Nathaniel Gavid as Velveteen Rabbit. However, there are many more people who help with the production other than those on the stage.
“We have a great behind the scenes crew this year. We have had help from Paige Nicholson, Olivia McSpadden, Alex Milligan, Alicia Neale, Hannah Hammond and Emmett Dunn. Most of the cast has also helped with sets and props. Alumni, Megan Guerra and Kelsey Stouse, have also been helping,” said drama director Maria Wishart.
The drama club typically puts on bigger productions, but they decided to do a quick play right before Christmas.
“We decided on this play because many students have resonated with this familiar childhood story of love, acceptance and grief. We anticipate many families and younger children to come to this recognizable and relatable show. We hope to have as many people come who are interested in this story, supporting our students and the art of theatre,” said former drama club participant Megan Guerra.
Be sure to support the PHS drama club and witness their take on The Velveteen Rabbit.
Story by Kaden Lewellyn