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First, we ventured to our local library and checked out The Velveteen Rabbit written by Margery Williams. Originally published in 1922, this classic tale tells of a young boy who receives a toy rabbit as a Christmas gift. After a time, the rabbit and boy become inseparable.
We read the book no less than 10 times before I announced to the kids that we were going to go see the characters live. Of course, they were confused because they had never been to a play before. We read the book, talked about the book, and drew pictures of the story leading up to performance day.
We could all recite the story forward and backward before we made it to the opening act, which made watching it together so much sweeter. I would hear a little whisper in my ear from the little toddler sitting next to me letting me know what was going to happen next. And then, there I was stealing glances at her before the nursery fairy appeared out of the rabbits tears.
I found myself sneaking these glances at my daughter during the whole performance hoping to catch her reaction to each scene whether it be a smile or just a little giggle. I wanted to watch the performance through her eyes.
We left the play with my daughter declaring that she wanted to be in a real play someday. Of course, she puts on productions like any normal 4-year-old does at home, but this outing exposed her to a whole new world of “performance and production.”
I hear Rumpelstiltskin, The Cat in the Hat, and Robin Hood will be the shows of choice this spring at the Children’s Theater. It l looks like we have a few more library trips ahead of us so we can make the trip to watch those classic stories come to life after unfolding the story through the pages of a book.
Which one would you like to watch the best? Have you or your children ever been in a play?
Enjoy a magical afternoon of live entertainment as the Arkansas Arts Center brings to life the classic children’s story The Velveteen Rabbit, November 28 – December 21, 2014.
Performances: Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $12.50
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