The story of a much-loved stuffed rabbit who dreams of becoming real opened at Stow Jan. 27 and 28.
"The Velveteen Rabbit" stage adaptation, based on the book by Margery Williams, is directed by Pat Robertell-Hudson.
Robertell-Hudson said the cast included 13 children, ranging from 4 1/2 to 16.
"We had quite a few people say how nice it was to have a good children's story performed when there is so much controversy in the country it helped then forget for an hour and a half," she said.
The cast includes Aaron Booker, a seventh-grader at R.B. Chamberlin Middle School in Twinsburg, as The Boy; Emma Himmel, a sixth-grader at Harmon Middle School in Aurora as the Velveteen Rabbit; Aidan Booker, a fifth-grader at Dodge Intermediate School in Twinsburg as a Soldier and Muggsy Bunny; Tammy Carder as Aunt Sally; Pamela Daerr as Nana; Cora Goold as a clown and a bunny; Dave Hinebaugh as the Storyteller; Hannah Kilker, a fourth-grader at Silver Lake Elementary School, as a block and a bunny; Alyssa Krokos, an 11th grader at Cuyahoga Falls High School, as the Skin Horse; Kendal Legg, 6, who attends Indian Trail School in Stow, as a baby doll and bunny; Morgan Legg, 9, a student at Indian Trail School, as a block and Thuggsy Bunny; Bill Shanabarger as Uncle Fred and the Doctor; Lola Thoele, a kindergarten student at Price Elementary in Cuyahoga Falls, as a rubber duck and a bunny; Silas Thoele, a first-grader at Price Elementary, as Cowboy and Huggsy Bunny; and Isabella Weber, a fourth-grader at Fishcreek Elementary in Stow, as a block and a bunny.
"When I see how the actors really make The Velveteen Rabbit come to life night after night, I tell myself that those grueling days of practice were really worth it," said Twinsburg resident Cynthia Booker, mother of two sons Aaron and Aidan, who are in the play.
"The Velveteen Rabbit" can be seen through Feb. 11.
Shows start at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 234-206-0128 or visit www.stowplayers.net online for tickets. Tickets are also available at the door, cash only.
The theater is at the Stow Heritage Barn in Silver Springs Park, 5238 Young Road in Stow.
Stow Players will host its Emerging Playwright Series Feb. 24, and March 12, 13 and 27. The evenings start at 7 p.m.
The theater will next stage "Sex. Please We're 60" as the final show of its 2016-17 season March 10 through 25.