The Oswego Children’s Theater will celebrate the season, as they present a stage adaptation of Margery Williams Classic Children’s Tale, The Velveteen Rabbit featuring an ensemble cast of area youth from throughout Oswego County.
Youth in the cast come from Central Square, Pulaski, Mexico, New Haven, the city of Oswego, and the town of Oswego.
The cast includes Mary Buske, as the Narrator, Brannigan Paye-Walker, as Nana, Donavin Powless, as the Boy, Alexandra Reith, as the Velveteen Rabbit, Emma Deloff, as the Toy Soldier, Nolan Conners, as the Ball, Madison Pospesel as the Dancer, Ethan Cliff, as the Toy Boat, Olivia Garafolo, as Jack in the Box One, Cloey Walker as Jack in the Box Two, Katy Knighton, as Chatty Cathy Doll and Evan Roddy as the Skin Horse and Astrid Livesey as the Doctor.
The Velveteen Rabbit is a wonderful fantasy about a little boy who receives stuffed rabbit in his Christmas stocking.
That night the boy’s Nana gives the rabbit to the boy, to sleep with.
Little does the boy know that when he falls asleep each night all of his toys come alive during a magical period known as “Toy Time.”
It is during “Toy Time” that Velveteen Rabbit meets The Skin Horse, the wisest and oldest toy in the nursery, who tells the Rabbit of the possibility of toys becoming real due through the love of a child.
The rabbit becomes the boy’s favorite toy, enjoying picnics with him in the spring, and the boy regards the rabbit as ‘real.’
Time passes, and the rabbit becomes shabbier, but happy.
He meets some real rabbits in the summer, and when they learn that he cannot hop as they do, and say that he is not real.
One day, the boy becomes sick with scarlet fever and the rabbit sits with him as he recovers.
The doctor orders that the boy should be taken to the seaside, and that his room should be disinfected, and all his toys burnt – including the velveteen rabbit.
The rabbit is left out overnight on the trash heap, where he sadly reflects on his life with his boy.
When suddenly a magic fairy appears.
She says that because he is old and shabby and real, she will “turn him into real rabbit.”
The velveteen rabbit changes into a real rabbit, and joins the other rabbits in the forest.
The next spring, the rabbit returns to look at the boy, and the boy sees a resemblance to his old velveteen rabbit.
The Velveteen Rabbit was adapted for stage by John Stevens.
The show is produced by special arrangement with Encore Publishing.
The production will be led by a team of directors including Wayne Mosher along with new directors Gary Smith and Tom Nunez.
Kelly Mosher and Gary Smith will serve as costume designers.
Wayne Mosher will serve as stage manager with Astrid Livesey as deck crew and briefly on stage as the Doctor.
Gary Smith will be on sound and Tom Nunez on lights.
The Velveteen Rabbit will be presented December 11, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and December 13 and 20 at 2 p.m.
The December 12 performance, previously announced, has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict.
The show will be presented at the performance space in the New Haven Congregational Church, located on Route 104 East, between Oswego and Mexico.
Tickets are set at $5 for all seats.
For reservations and information call 315-342- 5265.