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The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect upon what a favorite toy means to a child and the special place it holds in their heart, even as they grow and change.
Adventure Theater’s new adaptation of Margery William’s classic tale is a beautiful retelling of the 1922 book filled with plenty of parallels to the world of today’s children. In the Velveteen Rabbit, Child prefers the high-tech toys of the day that wind-up and move to the seemingly boring Velveteen Rabbit she receives for Christmas that cannot move on its own. However, after a little encouragement, Child grows to love the Velveteen Rabbit. Through her love, the Velveteen Rabbit becomes “real” and the rabbit and Child share many adventures together from playing outside to visiting the library where the statues of Shakespeare and Mozart speak to the Velveteen Rabbit and share their wisdom with her. Familiar problems play out on stage, and every child can relate to misplacing their favorite toy or leaving it out in the rain. If you are familiar with the Velveteen Rabbit you know, however, that it ends with the Child contracting scarlet fever. While the Child recovers, the Velveteen Rabbit that remained by her side throughout her illness must be burned to prevent further infection. Yet, the story ends on an upbeat note with the Velveteen Rabbit realizing her dream to become a real bunny and befriending the child while having the freedom to roam free.
The set of the Velveteen Rabbit is reminiscent of a Victorian dollhouse with parts that move and turn to create Child’s bedroom, the yard of the Estate, and a grand library. Despite the difference in setting and time, the story of the Velveteen Rabbit continues to resonate with children generation after generation and Adventure Theatre has breathed new life into the story to the delight of modern children and parents.
My children, ages nine and four, both loved the play. My nine-year-old commented that she thought the play was a little more serious than other plays she has seen at Adventure Theatre, but she loved the story and watching the Child play with her toys in the same way that she does today. My four-year-old also loved the play.
The Velveteen Rabbit makes a great holiday outing. It’s the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.
Since The Velveteen Rabbit runs through the New Year tickets would also make a great holiday gift or outing over winter break.
We are giving away four tickets to see The Velveteen Rabbit! Click here to see how to win.
Good to Know:
- The Velveteen Rabbit runs from November 15 – January 1, 2020
- The Velveteen Rabbit runs approximately one hour, making it manageable for families that include young children.
- Tickets are $20.50 for everyone one and up.
- Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 301-634-2270.
- There is plenty of free parking at Glen Echo, but be sure to allot five to ten minutes to walk from the parking lot to the theatre, which is located at the far end of the park.
- The path from the parking lot to the theater is completely flat and stroller-friendly. There is a designated stroller parking outside of the theater.
- The theatre has general admission seating, but with only seven rows arranged in a semi-circle around the stage there are no bad seats in the house.
- The Velveteen Rabbit is recommended for all ages.
- Adventure Theatre is located in Glen Echo Park. On a nice day be sure to take advantage of Glen Echo’s playground. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, grab a snack, coffee or lunch at the on-site location of Praline in the park. The carousel is closed for renovation.
Our Kids received complimentary tickets to the show. However, all opinions are our own.