review: the velveteen rabbit at the carousel theatre for young people

Get transported right back to your own childhood at Carousel Theatre’s production of The Velveteen Rabbit. This show delights both kids and adults with a heart-warming story, silly characters, and just the right amount of vintage J.Lo. The show is on now until March 25th at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island.

velveteen rabbit
Photo credit: Amanda Testini, Victor Mariano, and Steffanie Davis; Director: Deb Williams; Set Designer: Yvan Morissette; Costume Designer: Kiara Lawson; Lighting Designer: Darren Boquist; Props Creator: Monica Emme; Sound Designer & Composer: Malcolm Dow. Photos by Tim Matheson.

The charming tale of the Velveteen Rabbit celebrates boundless imagination and the power of believing. With a dash of magic, three actors transform their play space into a children’s nursery with a rocking horse, a cavalcade of mechanical toys, a kind-hearted fairy, and a toy rabbit that is transformed by one little boy’s love.

This was the first ‘real’ play our 3-year-old has attended and it was the perfect production to introduce her to the wonderful world of the theatre. The show was just the right length (55 minutes), and it was upbeat, funny, with a ton of touching moments, lots of musical interludes, dance numbers, and audience participation scenes to keep kids engaged.

We LOVE taking our kiddos to shows by the Carousel Theatre for Young People because it gives them the opportunity to experience theatre without us parents worrying that a little chatter from our kids is going to disrupt the performance for the rest of the audience. They even have booster seats, so kids don’t have to crane their necks to watch the show. Plus, with their All Ages performances, where sound levels are lower and house lights are a little brighter for younger kids, and their Relaxed Performances, which offer a more gentle environment for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other sensory and communicative disorders, they really try to be inclusive of anyone who may want to watch a show.

velveteen rabbit
Photo credit: Steffanie Davis, Amanda Testini and Victor Mariano; Director: Deb Williams; Set Designer: Yvan Morissette; Costume Designer: Kiara Lawson; Lighting Designer: Darren Boquist; Props Creator: Monica Emme; Sound Designer & Composer: Malcolm Dow. Photos by Tim Matheson.

The Velveteen Rabbit is recommended for ages 3 – 8 and their grown-up companions. Make sure your kiddo brings their favourite stuffed animal to the show.

Fair warning for parents — you may want to bring a few tissues along with you as the themes of the show surround kids growing up (this mama had teary eyes and a few sniffles close to the end), and you’ll very likely want to go home and squeeze all the stuffies you may still have from your own childhood.

Tickets are available from carouseltheatre.ca
Adults – $35
Seniors & College Students – $29
Kids (age 1 – 17) – $18

The Velveteen Rabbit
March 3rd – 25th
at the Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street on Granville Island

By: Michelle Hughes

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