‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ opens at Pendragon Friday

Liam Gotham, Ben Clark, Aine Kline, Kasey Clark Summer Crankor and Annie Smith are pictured in “The Velveteen Rabbit,” opening Friday, Dec. 14 at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake. (Photo provided — Burdette Parks)

SARANAC LAKE – This holiday season Pendragon Theatre presents the classic story of love and friendship, “The Velveteen Rabbit.”

The show opens this Friday, Dec. 14, and runs through Dec. 28.

This family-friendly favorite joins a boy and his rabbit in a world of strange and wonderful magic with talking toys, wild adventures, and secret burrows, as they come to discover the true meaning of what it is to be Real.

Author Margery Williams wrote “The Velveteen Rabbit (or “How Toys Become Real)” in 1922. As with any childhood classic, her themes of identity and transformation, set against the backdrop of a child’s love for one cherished toy, are timeless. The story continues to resonate with and enchant readers today, nearly 100 years later. This stage adaptation, by Janet Allard, takes Williams’ story and casts the spotlight on that relationship between the child, called The Boy, played by River Gray, and a special toy, a beloved stuffed rabbit, portrayed by Annie Smith.

The Velveteen Rabbit continues Pendragon’s tradition of presenting a play during the holidays that is entertainment for the whole family. According to director, Kent Streed, the takeaway of the show is “no matter what, the simple gift of friendship will endure.”

Lindsey McCreadie, Oliver Halaz, Lillie Chamberlain, Olivia Marocco, Thomas Kline, Sophie McBride, Kailyn Mader and River Gray star in “The Velveteen Rabbit” at Pendragon Theatre. (Photo provided — Burdette Parks)

The cast includes: Payton Barry, Ashley Brewer, Lillie Chamberlain, Ben Clark, Kasey Clark, Hope Cobb, Summer Crankor, Liam Gotham, River Gray, Oliver Halasz, Aine Kline, Thomas Kline, Heaven LaFever, Kailyn Mader, Olivia Marocco, Sophie McBride, Lindsey McCreadie, Coral Palyswiat, and Annie Smith.

The Velveteen Rabbit runs Dec. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. Run time of the show is under 1 hour.

Admission is $10 for 18 and under and $15 for adults. Tickets are on sale now at www.pendragontheatre.org or at 518-891-1854.

Advance reservations are strongly suggested.

Pendragon Theatre is located at 15 Brandy Brook Ave.