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Children’s classic, ‘The Velveteen Rabbit,’ comes to The Center

There was once a Velveteen rabbit. He was fat and bunchy, like a rabbit should be. His coat was spotted brown and white; he had real thread whiskers; and his ears were lined with pink sateen.

The story of the key figure in the classic book “The Velveteen Rabbit”—as described above in the work’s opening lines by author Margery Williams—has warmed the hearts of children of all ages since it was first published in 1922.

Experience this tale of friendship and unconditional love when “The Velveteen Rabbit” takes the stage at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset on March 5 for the final performance of 2009-2010 Children’s Prime Time Theatre season presented by Lake Cumberland Performing Arts in partnership with The Center.

The play, set to begin at 7 p.m., chronicles the story of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to be real through the love of his owner.

“It is a pleasure to bring a performance to The Center that is a favorite of children of all ages. This is a great opportunity to share a cultural experience with family and friends,” Dianna Winstead, associate director of arts and culture for The Center, said.

Prior to the performance, Kentucky author Lisa Hibbs will be reading from her first published children’s book, “Allie Doogledorf and the Mighty Mess,” during a free pre-show event from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in The Center’s front lobby.

Hibbs, a first-grade teacher, has a passion for creative writing and for children. It has been her life-long dream to make a contribution to children’s literature, and “Allie Doogledorf and the Mighty Mess” is her first book to reach print.

Although the story is based on a fictional character, the plot reflects Hibbs’ personal childhood struggle with tidiness and organization.

The pre-show event is sponsored by Sonny’s Bar-B-Q and Lake Cumberland Clear Channel.

An optional “kids-friendly” buffet of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, fruit, brownie, iced tea, and lemonade will be served by Sonny’s Bar-B-Q during the pre-show event. The cost of the meal is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children.

Tickets to “The Velveteen Rabbit” are $4 for children younger than 12 and $6 for adults and children older than 12.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact The Center Box Office at 606-677-6000 or email boxoffice@centertech.com. Online tickets may be purchased at www.centertech.com.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports Lake Cumberland Performing Arts with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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