RHS students perform ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’

| November 12, 2014

WEST LAFAYETTE – “The Velveteen Rabbit” made such an impact on the current Ridgewood Drama class when it was in elementary school that the students couldn’t wait for the opportunity to perform it for others.

“We did this play about eight years ago when the kids were in elementary school and they remembered being invited over here to see it,” said Jill Collins, co-drama director. “They wanted to pass it on and hopefully inspire elementary students to join drama when they get over here.”

The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 13-14, in the Ridgewood Auditorium. Tickets are: Students – $3; adults – $5; and children under 10 with a paying adult are free. Twenty-five students are in the play and several others are working behind the scenes.

One of the main roles in the production is played by Daney Rodriquez.

“I’m Nana the woman who takes care of the boy (in the play) who makes a lot of messes,” she said. “I have to clean up after him and don’t enjoy it.”

She, however, is the one who reconnects the boy with a velveteen rabbit he received as a gift and then tossed aside. After Nana gives it to him to sleep with one night, the velveteen rabbit becomes his favorite toy. They become inseparable until he becomes sick with scarlet fever and the doctor orders his toys to be burnt. A fairy ends up saving the velveteen rabbit and turning it into a real rabbit.

Evan Youker has the pleasure of playing the Velveteen Rabbit.

“I enjoy getting to play different characters and act completely different than I do in real life,” he said.

Proceeds from ticket sales from plays help the drama class with production costs and license fees.

“The plays are a total team effort,” Collins said. “I like seeing everyone working together, helping each other learn and taking initiative.”

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