The Velveteen Rabbit

“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”- The skin horse to the velveteen rabbit.

Yesterday we had an opportunity to watch a theater performance of The Velveteen Rabbit at Zeiterion Theater in downtown New Bedford. The ticket was $10, but we got it free as one of Zeiterion’s Art Access program for the low-income children and family in Temple Landing.

Z! Performing Art Center

The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) is a children’s novel written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson. It chronicles the story of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real through the love of his owner. The book was first published in 1922 and has been republished many times since (source: Wiki). I think it’s like an old version of Toy Story… Very touchy and beautifully written. You can hear (and watch) the storytelling of this book by Meryl Streep ini here.

Summary: Once there was a velveteen rabbit who longed to be Real. He was owned by a boy who loved him more and more every day, even when the rabbit’s velveteen coat grew old and shabby and worn. Then one day something magical happened, and the rabbit’s wish began to come true…

Anyway, this is the first time I took Azka to watch a theater performance. At first I’m not sure whether he would really enjoy the performance, with a low-light, and watch stay still  for an hour show. The worst thing that could happen he would cry when the light goes off, or he get bored and sleep, but….surprisingly he well-behaved along the show and seemed like had a great time watching three people on the stage doing “crazy” stuffs (yes, there were only three performers, they switched from one to another characters continuously along the show). Watching live music, theater, and stage performances like this are better alternatives than watching movies at cinema.

The popcorn effect
The actors and their minimal props encouraging audience’s imagination

About Zeiterion: the mission of Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is to provide New Bedford and the region with performing arts programming of excellence that inspires, educates, engages and entertains:

We seek to bring the community together in shared experience and imbue everything we do with positive energy.  We believe a performing arts center has the ability to galvanize and transform a community and are committed to serving as a catalyst that energizes the city, its citizens and the region.

There are many great upcoming programs coming to Z! Some only for adults, but if you’re looking for kids’ program, there are several ways to engage your kids to art performances: The School-Time Performance program. Check the upcoming events in here.

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