“When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real”

The enchanting story of a toy rabbit who wants to become real comes to life on stage for the October school holidays.

Auckland’s leading children’s theatre company, Tim Bray Productions, presents The Velveteen Rabbit at the PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna from 21 September to 10 October.

Based on Margery Williams’ book The Velveteen Rabbit (first published in 1922) is an enchanting story of a toy rabbit that dearly wishes to become ‘Real’. A young boy discovers the velveteen rabbit in his Christmas stocking, but it’s soon forgotten amongst the other toys and the velveteen rabbit waits in hope that he will be loved enough to become Real. One night the boy’s favourite cuddly toy is lost and the velveteen rabbit becomes the boy’s favourite companion, and his journey to become ‘Real’ begins.

In a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association in the US named the book one of its Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.

Featuring original music and songs, the cast includes Jonathan Martin as the Velveteen Rabbit Actor/Puppeteer, Jared Kirkwood as the boy, with Erica Kröger and Tim Raby, and musician Andy Manning.

In creating the show, Tim Bray says he hopes children will recognise themselves in the show and how they have favourite toys of their own, and celebrate how children use their imaginations to bring their toys to life. “In a sense, this theatre production is a celebration of toys, childhood and play.”

The Velveteen Rabbit is at the PumpHouse Theatre Takapuna, Auckland from Monday 21 September to Saturday 10 October, with a Gala opening performance on Saturday 26 September at 5pm. Performance times from 21-25 September are 10:30am and 1pm daily; and from 26 September to 10 October at 10:30am and 2pm (no shows on Sundays).

Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite toy. To book, phone (09) 489-8360 or online at www.timbrayproductions.org.nz