Concert Hall Presents the Heartwarming and Magical Velveteen Rabbit

Posted: March 2, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Velveteen Rabbit bounds onto the Concert Hall stage on Saturday, March 4, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 5, at 2 and 7 p.m. Inventive choreography, direct and intelligent narration, and music by Benjamin Britten combine to relate the profound yet simple story of the toy bunny whose only wish was to become real.

Since 1986, ODC/San Francisco has danced The Velveteen Rabbit to enthusiastic crowds of children and adults. In addition to the familiar cast of characters, including the Velveteen Rabbit, the Boy, Nana, the Skin Horse, and the Fairy, this production features youthful dancers from the Arlington Center for Dance. This dance/theater piece showcases the evocative set design and inventive costumes of Brian Wildsmith, narration by Geoff Hoyle, and original songs by Bob Franke and Gina Leishman, in addition to a musical score by Britten.

Before the performance, choreographer K.T. Nelson leads a Family Movement Workshop on Saturday, March 4, at 6:15 p.m., and again on Sunday, March 5, at 1:15 p.m. A special reception is held on Sunday at 6:15 p.m. to announce the winners of The Journal Newspapers coloring contest. Artwork is on display. All pre-performance events are free and are held on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children. Special Family Four Packs are available for $40. To charge by phone, call (703) 218-6500. For information, call x38888 or visit the Center for the Arts website.

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