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‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ will bring toys to life Nov. 10 at North Central College


North Central College presents Theatreworks USA’s affordable family-friendly musical theater production of “The Velveteen Rabbit” on Nov. 10.

Two performances will be presented at 10AM  and 1PM  Saturday, Nov. 10, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

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Tickets are $10/adults and $5/children; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

For an additional $4 per ticket, patrons may add an ice cream reception, taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30PM the day of the performance.

Even though the classic children’s book first was published in 1922,  many families have a recent edition of “The Velveteen Rabbit” on their bookshelf and it’s still considered a favorite bedtime story.

“The Velveteen Rabbit” is the classic children’s tale of a toy bunny who longs to become real. The show is based on the book written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson. Theatreworks USA delivers a wonder-filled, interactive production of the captivating and entertaining story about the strength and power of a young boy’s imagination and love.

Just as the velveteen rabbit becomes real, the audience’s imagination converts actors and their simple props into a wise old rocking horse, a cavalcade of mechanical playthings, a kind-hearted fairy and, of course, the velveteen rabbit. The show is written and directed by Kevin Del Aguila, who has written and directed such other Theatreworks USA productions as “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” “Fancy Nancy” and “Click, Clack, Moo.”

Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of actors, writers, directors and designers, including four-time Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks, Robert Jess Roth of “Beauty and the Beast” and Michael Mayer of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”; writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane of TV’s “Friends”; and Tony-winning actors John Lloyd Young, Roger Bart, Chuck Cooper and John Glover. Performers F. Murray Abraham, Henry Winkler and Judy Kuhn also got their start with Theatreworks.

Artwork courtesy North Central College

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North Central College
North Central Collegehttp://www.northcentralcollege.edu
Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in the Historic District of Naperville, Illinois—rated by Money magazine as among the nation’s “Best Places to Live”—North Central College is just 30 minutes from Chicago’s Loop. With more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes. Visit northcentralcollege.edu to learn more.


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