Friday, April 15, 2011

In the Wings: The Velveteen Rabbit. Meet Eli Trout.

Eli Trout plays the Boy in The Velveteen Rabbit, the fourth and final production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by local playwright Laurie Russell, based on Margery Williams' book.

Question: Why did you audition for The Velveteen Rabbit?
Eli Trout: I really wanted to do a Civic play and haven't had the chance to do that before. I've done this play before in school.

Q: How would you describe the Boy?
E.T.: He is playful. He's seven or eight years old and likes his toys. He's kind of annoyed at a lot of things, like his Nana. He owns the Velveteen Rabbit. The Boy likes the rabbit a lot when he first gets him, then he kind of ignores him until he gets sick.

Q: What have rehearsals been like so far?
E.T.: They have been really fun. I've been having a blast with friends, and I'm in a lot of scenes so I'm not too bored.

Q: What do you think an audience will most like about the show?
E.T.: The actors really fit well into their characters. They'll like the expressions and the jokes.

Q: Do you have a favorite toy?
E.T.: My Jabulani soccer ball, the kind they used at the World Cup.

The Velveteen Rabbit opens Friday, April 22 and run through Sunday, April 24 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

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