The Velveteen Rabbit

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Press Release
November 11, 2013

The Belleville Theatre Guild,
256 Pinnacle Street, Belleville
(613) 967-1442


Cast members, The Velveteen Rabbit: Group shot: (l to r) Chloe, Madison, (rear) Keziah and Ellie.

Belleville: This year's Christmas show at the Pinnacle Playhouse is breaking new ground with a cast and crew of 36 young people between the ages of 11 and 18 in the magical production of The Velveteen Rabbit. The play is based on the classic children’s book by Margery Williams that follows the experiences of a stuffed rabbit that becomes real through the love of a child. Some very experienced Belleville Theatre Guild veterans are providing leadership for these young actors as they learn the ropes of all aspects of putting on a theatrical production including stage management, set painting, makeup, dancing and acting

Director Lise Lindenberg says, “This is one of the best groups I have ever directed. With just under a month still left of rehearsal time, The Velveteen Rabbit promises to deliver a very polished production. It's going to be an excellent holiday season outing for the whole family.”

These last few weeks will be extremely busy as choreographer Amy-Lynn Van Londersele helps the actors master their dance routines and costume director Angela MacPherson and her assistant Helen Lindenberg create the imaginative costumes required for the cast of toys, tree spirits, live rabbits, and human characters. Siobhan Enright, the set designer, assisted by Perry Poupore will be leading the young back stage crew in the fine art of set painting and scene changes. Even the lighting designers, Art MacKay and Jim Alexander, have enlisted the help of some keen teenagers to help with lighting.

The Velveteen Rabbit opens on Thursday, November 28th and runs Wednesday to Sunday until Saturday, December 14th. Evening performances will start at 7:30 pm and the two Sunday matinées are at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices are $10.00 for students, $20.00 for adults and $18.00 for seniors. According to producer Heather Muir, there will be one preview performance on Tuesday, November 26th at 7:30 pm for the bargain price of $5.00.

Tickets for The Velveteen Rabbit can be ordered by calling the box office at 613-967-1442. For information about this and other upcoming plays at The Belleville Theatre Guild visit the website at

The Pinnacle Playhouse is wheelchair accessible with an elevator service to the lobby, green room and theatre, a barrier-free washroom and reserved front row seating for wheelchairs and others with disabilities requiring front row access. See you at the Pinnacle Playhouse!

The Velveteen Rabbit, Adapted by Anita Larsen from the original story by Margery Williams

Submitted by
Bill Dahl