Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Velveteen Rabbit with Marjorie


Marjorie Tudor has been working diligently all summer and fall to create these incredible Velveteen (and wild) Rabbit puppets for a very special project: they will be gracing the stage of the Boston Children's Theatre's Christmas production of the classic children's story. It is quite the project, with many rabbits and other creatures to create. These are also hand-puppets (with a few rod puppets), but they were a departure from Marjorie's marionette expertise. She is becoming quite adept at the workings and creation of hand puppets! Here you can see the pieces before they are sewn together, and her beautiful 1950s hand-crank Singer that she so dearly loves:
And here the rabbits are 'becoming real' with their velveteen pieces so beautifully and intricately made (Marjorie lines each piece and they are almost seamless) in a basket, ready to be sewn together to come to life:
The children are just falling in love with the rabbits! They are so life-like and cozy. Marjorie searched high and low for some of the best velveteens and fake furs you've ever seen, it is truly amazing.
The play opens in Boston the first weekend in December 4th. You will certainly want to come see this mix of imagination coming to life with puppetry AND live actors. Marjorie is quite impressed with the caliber of talent in the young performers as she has been in Boston quite often to work closely with the cast and director. In fact, myself and Marjorie went to one of the Theatre's summer productions and were simply astounded at the professional level of production. Here's a picture of ready for the show (we got to go behind the scenes and had V.I.P. seating....very fun!):

Purchase tickets NOW as they are sure to be very popular!!! Click here to go to the Boston Children's Theatre website

2 comments:

  1. These are beautiful. The Velveteen Rabbit is such a wonderful story.

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  2. Lovely Velveteen Rabbit's they will make wonderful theatre.

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