`Velveteen Rabbit' will come to life

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May 02, 2002|By Sandy Alexander

The Velveteen Rabbit and his toy friends will come to life at the Eldersburg Branch Library this evening with help from a local drama troupe. The Drama Conservatory Theater Troupe features 11 actors, ages 10 to 14, who started rehearsing in September under the direction of drama teacher Valarie Mares. With support from the Freedom Area Recreation Council, the group has been performing The Velveteen Rabbit, adapted by James Still from the book, at libraries, schools and senior centers in Carroll County since February.

With full costumes and minimal sets, the youngsters re-enact the tale of the stuffed toy rabbit that befriends other toys in a nursery and learns how the true love of his owner will make him real.

Mares, who has led the troupe for seven years, almost always chooses children's stories to perform. She says the most rewarding thing is when a child wants to read a book after seeing a story dramatized by the troupe.

The Velveteen Rabbit begins at 7 p.m. at the library, 6400 W. Hemlock Drive. Free tickets are required and will be available at the Children's Desk on a first-come, first-served basis beginning 30 minutes before the show. For information, call 410-386-4460.

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