The Velveteen Rabbit Enthralls the Crowd at Nine O’Clock Players

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From l, Melanie Edward who plays Bunny with Andrea Saccone who plays Freddie.

Backed by a colorful cast, the adorable story The Velveteen Rabbit became real as Melanie Edward and Andrea Saccone in the lead roles of Bunny and Freddy recounted a delightful tale in front of a full house this past Sunday.

As always, the players romp through great dance numbers and fun music just as a child would order them. Carol Weiss’s book, music and lyrics light the way, spiced with the direction and choreography of Todd Nielsen and the musical direction of Wayne Moore.

The cast graciously signed autographs for the excited and starry eyed children after the performance. You just can’t come up with a better introduction to the theatre than a day with the Nine O’Clock Players.

Even if you don’t have children or grandchildren to bring, these shows delight children of all ages. It is a great opportunity to see dance, hear music and see marvelous costumes on a delightful set. That is what theatre is all about.

The behind-the-scenes talent of Adam Flemming and Chris Bell is well noted for set design and construction as there were many elements there that made this production soar. This was a story that I was not familiar with but loved for its message and life lessons.

Performances of The Velveteen Rabbit will be at 2 p.m. every Sunday through April 3 and Saturday on March 26 and April 2. Tickets are $12. Call the box office at (323) 469-1970. Nine O’Clock Players Theatre for Children is located at 1367 North St. Andrews Place in Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.nineoclockplayers.com.

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