This past weekend our homeschool ballet program performed The Velveteen Rabbit. That, combined with rehearsals at the theatre last week, have had me dancing instead of writing. I tried to soak in the whirlwind week, snapping pictures along the way. . .
Even before the show, excitement sent chills through me as I stood in the wings. . .
I found it curious to see myself on a poster board in the lobby. . .
The theater constantly buzzed with activity. . .
But now I would like for you to imagine you are sitting in this chair and the show is about to begin (thank you to the very talented photographers who shared pictures from the performance). . .
The lights come on and we find ourselves in Christmas. . . .
|Youngest Sister in the middle row on the far right|
There are presents and a party. . . .
The Girl is delighted with the gift of a Velveteen Rabbit. . . .
However, that night, the Model Boat, Wind-up Mouse, Jack in the Box, Ringlet Doll, and Jointed Lion aren't so happy about the Rabbit. . .
They make fun of her. . .
But the Skin Horse comes. . .
She offers encouragement, strength, and wisdom. . .
The next morning the Girl and the Rabbit play. . .
Spinning Tops come in exactly as they should. . . spinning!. . .
|Middle Sister in the center|
Tin Soldiers are among other toys that also make an appearance. . .
|Youngest Sister stands at attention next to the Girl|
Then it is bedtime, but not before more fun . . .
The Girl and the Rabbit dream awhile, then finally become sleepy. . .
Unfortunately Nightmares prance into the room, spin the bed, and attempt to take the Girl's toys. . .
|They don't succeed :) Youngest sister is here in the red headpiece|
Act 2 opens with the Girl and Rabbit going on a Picnic. . .
They imagine walking in the air and encounter snowflakes. . .
They also meet lovely Lady Bugs. . .
|Middle Sister with her beautiful dress and parasol|
They even enjoy a tea party! . . .
|Middle Sister in the standing in the middle row on the far right|
Then, while the Girl is away, two real rabbits come and the Velveteen Rabbit wishes she could jump like them. . .
The Girl soon comes back and takes the Rabbit inside to read about the Three Blind Mice. . .
All the toys then join them to hear about the Three Little Pigs. . .
The toys accept the Rabbit and all have fun together. . .
Then Scarlett Fever Germs attack the Girl. . .
|Youngest Sister very intense on the left|
Doctors and Nurses come to try and heal her. . .
The Rabbit and all the toys pray for her healing. . .
Then the Girl wakes up and is better, but the doctor demands her Rabbit and sheets be thrown out to rid the bed of germs. . .
The Rabbit is devastated. . .
She longs to be with the Girl. . .
Then the Skin Horse comes. . .
She leads the Rabbit to becoming real. . .
They dance African style with all the other Real Rabbits. . .
Later, as the Rabbit is outside playing, she spots the Girl. . .
The Girl recognizes her. . .
And they just touch fingertips as the lights fade.
But that's not to say the end of this show is easy. It actually seems absurd that months of practice can be exchanged for three shows. Thankfully the performing, though our goal, is not everything. The whole process is wonderful. We cry at the end. Funny how reaching our goal is sad. I suppose, though, that the goal of any really good story has a side of sadness. New things loom on the horizon, but it looks like a sunset at first glance.
Now I'm beginning to see the sunrise. Tomorrow my family and I leave for a long trip to the northwest for my dad's sabbatical from work. My hope is to post a picture each day- some sort of window onto what we see.
Thank you taking a seat with me. Blessings~ Megan