Arts & Culture

IN THE SPOTLIGHT | 'Velveteen Rabbit'

COURTESY LYNN MEADOWS DISCOVERY CENTER'The Velveteen Rabbit' cast members, from left, front row: Sandy Carter, Emma Kidd, Olivia Hernstrom, Jay'Shawn Saucier, Emily Carter; and second row: Ashely Miller, Mackenzie Valentine, Andrew Grice, Byron Bordelon and Noah Ehlenberger.
COURTESY LYNN MEADOWS DISCOVERY CENTER'The Velveteen Rabbit' cast members, from left, front row: Sandy Carter, Emma Kidd, Olivia Hernstrom, Jay'Shawn Saucier, Emily Carter; and second row: Ashely Miller, Mackenzie Valentine, Andrew Grice, Byron Bordelon and Noah Ehlenberger.

Presented by: WINGS Performing Arts

Where: Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport

Show times/dates: 7 p.m. Friday

Christmas Toy Tea and performance: 3 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 13

Director: Heather Stiliano

Producer: Shelley Diamond and Flo Williams

Choreographer: Caitlyn Diamond

Stage manager: Bernadette Brockman

Costumes: Mel Kidd

Tech: Ryan Bergman, Christopher Clemons, Scarlett Franklin, Olivia Prescott and Jacolby Saucier

Starring: Rebecca Baxter, Byron Bordelon, Jonathan Brockman, Emily Carter, Sandi Carter, Courtney Cavalier, KyMani Curry, Eve Davis, Denise Dunaway Ozerden, Abigail Ehlenberger, Gabriel Ehlenberger, Noah Ehlenberger, Anthony Evans, Gabby Franklin, Anna Gautreaux, Andrew Grice, Caroline Grice, Mary Swinton Harris, Olivia Hernstrom, Emma Kidd, Karleigh Kuhn, Adrienne Lally, Vincent LaRosa, Ashely Miller, Donna Miller, Emily Miller, Ireland Neal, Miriam Ozerden, Vivian Ozerden, Madison Payne, Kaylee Reynolds, Jackson Luke Roberts, Ashanna Salter, Chyanne Salter, Landen Sandoval, Jay'Shawn Saucier, Jamie Shedden, Conner Smith, Mary Helen Smith, Nicholas Sullivan, Salina Sullivan, Sarah Sullivan, Addison Sykes, Kaitlyn Sykes, Mackenzie Valentine, Morgan Valentine, Sarah Vyverberg, Reagan Werner and Alicia Joy Young

Synopsis: This original musical adaptation of Margery William's treasured childhood classic tells how a toy rabbit learns what it means to be loved by a child -- and how toys become "real." "The Velveteen Rabbit" celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit and the enduring power of love. Traditional Christmas classics and original music bring this beloved story to life with festive costumes, madcap characters grace with the perfect amount of holiday cheer.

Tickets: Friday, $7 students; $10 military, LMDC members and seniors; $13 general admission. Saturday and Sunday tea/performances: $15 for show and treats. Advance purchase recommended.

Etc.: Please bring a book to donate to the center's new Little Free Library.

Reservations/details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org

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