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The Velveteen Rabbit: Reviews
December 16, 2006 - February 4, 2007

From the Chicago Tribune

`Rabbit' wouldn't get out of her head

December 1, 2006
By Jenn Q. Goddu

Adapting the classic children's book "The Velveteen Rabbit" for the Lifeline KidSeries stage was the first idea ensemble member Elise Kauzlaric brought to the table after joining the theater last year.

"It's a story that's just so close to me, that I knew that I would love seeing it come to the stage," she said. "It's got so much heart and a message that goes deeper each time you read it."

The play opens Dec. 16. Here the woman who adapted Margery Williams' 1922 story tells On the Town why this book is so near and dear.

Q. When did you first encounter "The Velveteen Rabbit?"

A. I really can't even remember the first time I heard it. ... At some point my parents read it to me when I was young. My sister and I were big fans of a Meryl Streep recorded version. ... PBS put pictures on the screen with her narrating and we were fans of that as well.

Q. Did you have a toy you loved enough to think it was real?

A. Yes, I had a Humpty Dumpty that was one of those cutouts that you get at a fabric store. It's just a front and a back. He was very simple but he was very special. [I had him] from when I was 1 until I was about 5. He fell apart.

Q. What drew you to adapt the story to the stage?

A. It was something that I knew had a really strong place in my heart and that I would be able to devote a year of my life to. ... It's always been a story that I've come back to, even as an adult, I still enjoy reading it.

Q. How do you think the book stands the test of time?

A. It's a heartwarming, happy story and something that kind of harkens back to a time when things seemed simpler. ... It's something that most anyone can relate to, I think. Most children have a special something -- whether it's a toy, or a blanket -- but something that is that special comfort to them. As you grow older I think you always hold on to that thing in your heart, that first thing that was a comfort and that first thing that was really special to you.

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