The Velveteen Rabbit (1999)


Book, lyrics, and music by Barnes Boffey and Paul Pilcher
Based on the book by Margery Williams
Produced by ACT I STAGE!
Presented July 30, 31, August 1, 1999
Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School Auditorium, Vinton
Directors: Marcy Horst, Shirale Hanson

This classic children’s story came to life on our stage this summer as our youth program began its second season. A little boy’s much loved toy rabbit longs to be real. This is the heartwarming story of how he gets his wish, in this enchanting musical version. This production performed in the auditorium of the historic Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School had the distinction of being ACT I’s 50th production at the top of our 20th Season.


The Velveteen Rabbit: Clare Horst
The Boy: Kordereau Sellers
Nana: Cathi Caldewood
Aunt Sally: Teri Sellers*
Uncle Fred: Darran Sellers
Narrator: Kaitlin Karrick
Skin Horse: Andy Hanson
Doctor: Pat Lyons
Muggsy: Ryan Calderwood
Huggsy: Dan Greaser
Buggsy: Dustin Kearns*
First Block: Abby Larkin*
Second Block: Annie Horst*
Third Block: Addy Rickels*
Fourth Block: Morgan Merchant*
Jack-in-the-Box: Chelsea Hessenius*
Fire Truck: Nate Horst*
Clown: Corey Cooling
Model Boat: Megan Treloar*
Spinning Top: Rachael Larkin*
Lion: David Urlaub*
Mouse: Laura Van Steenhuyse*
Teddy Bear: Logan Merchant*
Baby Doll: Tess Noeller
Raggedy Ann: Jennica Speidel*
Raggedy Andy: Jessica Speidel*
Fairy: Megan Christy
Mama Bunny: Lori Strong
Real Bunnies: Clare Cooling*, Brinkley Gerber*, Ellie Horst*, Emma Horst*, Megan Horst, Katie Larkin*, Jeanea Long*, Jenna Oldham*, Danisha Pladsen*, Madeline Springer*, Kali Timmerman*, Stephanie Waterbury*, Hayley Jo Wombacher*
Commander of the Tin Soldiers: Mike Munckton*
Tin Soldiers: Jacob Christy*, Brady Gerber*, Riley Hanson*, Rob Hanson, Patrick Horst, Jason Long, Wesley Lyons*, Blaize Oldham*, Trent Peyton*, Jake Seidel*, Joey Seidel*, Gunner Tranel*, Jackson Tranel*, Dakoda Sellers, Kolton Sellers

*ACT I debut

Staff / Crew

Music Director: April Noeller
Technical Director: Gerald Horst
Assistant Director: Kate Westergard
Set Design: Madonna and Matt Merchant
Choreographer: Joan Cooling
Assistant Choreographer: Erin Horst
Stage Manager: Becky Stravers
Makeup Artist: Colleen Karrick