The Velveteen Rabbit will Come to Life on the Northrop Stage Sat, Nov 4

The Velveteen Rabbit will Come to Life on the Northrop Stage Sat, Nov 4Margery Williams' classic, childhood tale of The Velveteen Rabbit, will come to life on the Northrop stage Sat, Nov 4, at 1:30 pm to delight audience members of all ages. Northrop invites families to make holiday memories with this magical story about a young boy, his favorite toy, and the abiding power of love. Brought to life by San Francisco's ODC/Dance company, who have been presenting the classic for more than 30 years in the Bay Area, the Northrop performance will also include young, local dancers from TU Dance School in St. Paul.

As a special event of Northrop's 2017//18 Dance Season, The Velveteen Rabbit is about a well-worn stuffed rabbit brought to life through music, dance, and narration. A small boy is given a stuffed rabbit as a Christmas present and it quickly becomes his favorite toy. When he becomes ill, the doctor fears the rabbit is infected and must be taken away. However, the love the boy has for his toy goes beyond reality and transforms it into a real-life rabbit that travels with a fairy on a forest adventure.

To complement the performance, two therapy rabbits, Lorenzo and Nimoy, from the Center for Spirituality and Healing will be on site starting at 12:40 pm in Room 106. Children and adults are invited to visit the therapy rabbits to learn about the healing power of interacting with animals. Visitors Will B. Able to observe the rabbits munching on their hay, feel their fur, discover information about local rescue rabbits and ask questions about the program.

Press photos can be found here. A video preview for the performance can also be found here. Tickets and information about the program can be found here.

Northrop Presents
The Velveteen Rabbit performed by ODC/DANCE
Sat, Nov 4, 1:30 pm
Carlson Family Stage

ODC/Dance has created a family treat that has captivated Bay Area audiences for 30 years. Now, this evergreen classic-brimming with wit, festive costumes, and endearingly madcap characters-comes to delight Northrop audiences for the first time. Former contemporary dancer and professional choreographer Alanna Morris-Van Tassel of local company TU Dance where she danced for 10 seasons, is working with young artists in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to dance in The Velveteen Rabbit.

The children performing their professional debut alongside ODC/Dance members were cast by former Alonzo King LINES Ballet dancer and TU Dance Center School Director Laurel Keen from various levels of TU Dance's school and range in ages from 7 to 12. The selected children from TU Dance's program are Liv May Anderson, Dagu Burbach, Mereti Burbach, Cailyn Harris, Jane Holmes, Cayenne Ramirez, Grazina Troup, Essex Willis and Keller Yunis.

The groundbreaking company ODC/Dance is nationally known for its rigorous techniques, collaborative work, and stunning collision of ballet and modern dance. Two days prior, on Thu, Nov 2, at 7:30 pm, ODC/Dance also explores the glory of nature and the chaos of creativity at Northrop with its program, boulders and bones.

Visit Northrop to instill family traditions and create countless memories. Tickets for William's live, captivating story of The Velveteen Rabbit are on sale now.


To order tickets, visit our site or call 612-624-2345

New this season: Tickets are 50% off for children 17 and younger when purchased with at least one adult ticket.

Series packages and special offers: Explore our discounts on tickets and details about our new Family Series and Seasonal Series packages.


Northrop is a center of discovery and transformation that connects the University of Minnesota and communities beyond by celebrating innovation in the arts, performance, and academics. Artists and programs subject to change.The Velveteen Rabbit will Come to Life on the Northrop Stage Sat, Nov 4

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