The Charleston County Public Library auditorium was filled with over a 150 children for the 9:15 a.m. show Tuesday of “The Velveteen Rabbit,” a classic tale about a toy rabbit that desires to be real.
The Charleston City Ballet did a fine job of dancing their way through the life of the velveteen rabbit, which is given to a young boy for Christmas. The young boy forgets his stuffed little friend for a while as he begins to play with the new shiny toys. The nursery’s oldest and wisest toy, the Skin Horse, tells the rabbit that toys magically become real when their owners begin to love them. The boy begins to love the rabbit as time passes, and while the rabbit becomes shabbier, he is happy all the time.
One day, the boy becomes sick with scarlet fever and the doctor recommends a seaside cure and advises that his room get disinfected. All the old books and toys are to be burnt, including the velveteen rabbit, which is put in a sack and removed to the garden. But the magic nursery fairy saves the day, turning the toy rabbit into a real one.
The ballet company kept it simple and cute: colorful costumes, a tiny bed for the boy and easy choreography with background music and narration. The children seemed to enjoy every bit of the performance; they “oohed” and “aahed” and sat still through the entire length of the ballet routine. Many lingered after the show to hug the fairy and butterfly and give a high-five to the rabbit.
The other programs for children at the library include “Rumpelstiltskin” the Story Squad, African drumming and a chamber music concert. For more information, go to www.piccolospoleto.com.
Ishani Chatterji is a Goldring Arts Journalist from Syracuse University.