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The Velveteen Rabbit Comes to Life on Stage at the LMC Mendel Center

February 18, 2013

The Velveteen Rabbit Based on the Classic Book by Margery Williams

BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Families will enjoy a magical afternoon of live entertainment when the Enchantment Theatre Company brings to life the classic children’s story The Velveteen Rabbit at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage on Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m.

The Enchantment Theatre Company’s stage adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit is based on the book written by Margery Williams. Originally published in 1922, this classic tale tells of a young boy who receives a toy rabbit as a Christmas gift. After a time, the rabbit and boy become inseparable. When the other toys in the nursery tease the rabbit because he is only made of velveteen and sawdust, his friend, the wise old Skin Horse, tells him that he can become real if he is loved by a child and gives love in return.

After a while, the Velveteen Rabbit‘s fur becomes shabby and the pink comes off his nose. One day the boy tells his Nana that the rabbit is real. The rabbit is so happy to be real that he never notices his appearance. When the boy becomes ill with scarlet fever, the rabbit is by his side and once he has recovered, his family decides to burn the rabbit to keep the illness from spreading. Left outside with the rubbish to be burned the next morning, the stuffed toy rabbit cries a real tear and suddenly a flower bursts forth from the tear to reveal a fairy. The fairy magically turns the toy into a real woodland rabbit.

Enchantment Theatre Company has produced original theater for school groups and families since 2000, when it was established as a non-profit arts organization in Philadelphia. The company presents only original work based on classic stories from children‘s literature, using its signature blend of masked actors, pantomime, magic, large-scale puppets, and original music.

Enchantment has toured its original productions all over the world, appearing each year in 20 to 40 states. It has performed in such sophisticated urban arts venues as Lincoln Center in New York and the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, as well as in small town high school auditoriums and even performance tents. The company has also toured the Far East six times, performing in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. Enchantment has also shared the stage with more than 60 orchestras nationwide in its special symphonic works that pair great stories with great music for the benefit of school and family audiences.

Tickets for the Enchantment Theatre Company’s presentation of The Velveteen Rabbit are available by calling the LMC Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-1221 or visiting Students (kindergarten through college) and seniors (60 and older) receive $3 off single-ticket prices. Groups of 20 or more receive $5 off ticket prices. For further information about group rates and special arrangements, contact Quinn Tabbert at (269) 927-8609 or   

Honor Credit Union and WNDU - Channel 16 are sponsoring the LMC Mendel Center Mainstage performance of The Velveteen Rabbit.


The 1,517-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre is located 30-minutes from Niles and 40-minutes from Kalamazoo and South Bend on the Lake Michigan College Napier Avenue Campus in Benton Township, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24).

The Mendel Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and one hour before show time. Tickets can be purchased in person, by phone at (269) 927-1221, or online at

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