Southeastern's Columbia Theatre presents classic children's tale March 15
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
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HAMMOND – The question “What is real?” will be answered when Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts presents Theatre IV in “The Velveteen Rabbit,” the second of two “Pajamas and Play” performances for its youngest fans on March 15.
Donna Gay Anderson, director of Columbia Theatre, explained that “Pajamas and Play” is a fun series designed to make theater performances accessible and appealing for children. Kids are invited to wear their pajamas, robes and slippers to the 60-minute performance.
“Our Pajamas and Play series has become a family favorite. The cookies and milk combined with this classic tale will be sure to create memories that last a lifetime,” Anderson said. “Parents interested in a quality theater experience for their young children won’t want to miss it.”
With a kid-friendly curtain time of 7 p.m., “The Velveteen Rabbit” is based on Margery Williams’ book of the same name that highlights the power of play, childhood fancy and the purity of unconditional love. A terrific musical score and detailed period costumes transport the audience back to the beginning of the last century.
Theatre IV, founded in 1975, has been internationally acclaimed for excellence as a theater for young audiences. Theatre IV’s production of “Buffalo Soldier” was performed by request at the Pentagon to open the celebration of Black History Month and as a morale booster after 9-11. The company performs live for over one million students, parents and teachers each year in 33 states and the District of Columbia.
Tickets for “The Velveteen Rabbit” are $12 for children ages 10 and under and $15 for adults. Tickets and information are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, 985-543-4371, or at www.columbiatheatre.org. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday and one hour before performance times.