Virginia Rep's Children's Theatre Presents KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical on Friday, July 13, 2018, at The Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn. Based on the Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, author Mo Willems has adapted his cautionary tale for the stage. With Willems as book writer and lyricist and Michael Silversher as composer, this wacky, heartwarming tale of kerfuffle is bubbly, colorful, and perfect for kids and adults alike.

The show will run through August 12, 2018 at The Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond, Virginia 23230.

Richmond actress Susan Sanford will be at the helm of this production as director. Sanford was most recently seen in Cadence Theatre Company's production of Appropriate in partnership with Virginia Rep. Other recent Virginia Rep acting credits include Shakespeare in Love, Airline Highway and A Christmas Story: The Musical. Directing credits include Goodnight Moon and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Jason Marks will join the team as Music Director, after most recently musical directing last summer's production of The Little Engine That Could, a musical commissioned by Virginia Rep that he co-wrote with Scott Wichmann. Other Virginia Rep musical directing credits include Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Croaker the Musical, for which he also wrote the music. Recent acting credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Mill Mountain Theatre) and Virginia Rep's 1776.

A small but energetic cast has been assembled for this show, including Louise Ricks (Da, Charitable Sisterhood), Brandon Johns (Golden Goose, Beauty and the Beast) and Virginia Rep newcomers Christina Ramsey, David Janosik, Eve Marie Tuck and Corinne Maclean.

Set Design is by Virginia Rep's Scenic Charge, Emily Hake Massie, Lighting Design is by BJ Wilkinson (River Ditty, Pinkalicious The Musical) and Costume Design is by Ruth Hedberg (Pinkalicious The Musical, The Little Engine That Could). Puppet Design and Props will be managed by Richmond actress Kylie Clark (Dancing Lessons).

The full company is listed below.

Sensory Friendly Performances

Sensory Friendly performances will be offered on Friday, July 27, Saturday, April 28, and Friday, August 3, 2018, all at 10:30 a.m. Please see the website for more details:

Audio Described Performances

In collaboration with Virginia Voice, Virginia Rep is pleased to offer Audio Described performances, in which actions, expressions and gestures are described during gaps between dialogue throughout the performance for patrons with low vision or blindness. In addition to live audio description during performances, patrons are also invited to participate in a tactile tour before the performance.

Community Tickets Grant

Virginia Rep is thrilled to offer a free Community Tickets Grant for nonprofit organizations. We encourage all organizations who have a demonstrated need for complimentary tickets to fill out a short application on our website:

Ticket Information

Box Office: 804-282-2620

Full Price Tickets: $20

Discounted Group Rates available.

Performance Schedule

Morning performances at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday-Saturday

Evening performances at 7:00 p.m. on select Fridays

Matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday 

Direction & Design
Direction - Susan Sanford
Music Direction - Jason Marks
Set Design - Emily Hake Massie
Lighting Design - BJ Wilkinson
Costume Design - Ruth Hedberg
Puppet Design/Props - Kylie Clark

Cast List
Trixie - Christina Ramsey
Mom - Louise Ricks
Dad - David Janosik
Ensemble/Puppeteer - Corinne Maclean
Ensemble/Puppeteer - Brandon Johns
Swing - Eve Marie Tuck

About Virginia Repertory Theatre
Virginia Repertory Theatre is the regional professional theatre in Richmond, Virginia. With a budget of $5 million, four distinct venues, an educational touring arm, and an annual audience over 530,000, Virginia Rep is one of the largest performing arts organizations in Central Virginia. Virginia Rep stages four seasons annually: the Signature Season at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, Theatre Gym Season in partnership with Cadence Theatre Company, Virginia Rep’s Children’s Season at Willow Lawn, and the Hanover Tavern Season.

Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre is grateful to our Premier Sponsors: Federal Realty Investment Trust and the Shops at Willow Lawn, as well as the Shubert Foundation, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Richmond Family Magazine. 

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