Are you ready for an adventure? The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is about a rabbit who discovers the true meaning of love. He realizes that life is difficult but that is when friendship finds him and he learns to love in return.
As you enter the theatre, you will notice how nice and cozy the atmosphere is. You will feel like you are part of the play. As your adventure begins, you are introduced to Edward. He is the finest of all china rabbits and, unfortunately his self-importance matches his looks. A little girl named Abilene adores him and sings to him like he is real. Soon, on an ocean voyage, he is thrown overboard and sunk into silence. In the darkness of the ocean, Edward waits and is rescued from his loneliness. From life on the road with a Hobo to the arms of a very sick girl, he has many hard lessons and learns that life is full of ups and downs. When one of his new owners sees him as a girl and puts him in a dress, he is horrified. He quickly realizes, though, how much love she has given him and how insignificant his clothes really are. Edward’s journey seems to come to an end when he is literally broken inside and out. He seems to have given up on hope. The ending will give you goose bumps as the miracle of Edward Tulane is finally understood.
One of the coolest things that I learned backstage was the making of Edward. In the play, seven Edwards are used, each for different chapters in the story. Just like the actors, Edward has his own wardrobe. Baby blue tweed suits, casual evening wear, and even suits for an ocean voyage. On www.facebook.com/ChildsplayAZ, you can see the making of Edward Tulane in a 3-D computer generated version. I also had the chance to see how the lights worked in the play. A machine is used to change the background settings and sounds. The stage, called a revolver, is used so that it can rotate on wheels. The “Hobo scene” even uses a pretend fire built into the revolver. In another scene at the beginning of the play, a special lamp shade is used to tell a story. The lamp has different slides built into it, each with a different scene for the story.
After the backstage tour, I was lucky enough to meet the actors that put this miraculous performance together. Kyle Sorrell (voice of Edward), Kate McFadzen (The Traveler), Debra K. Stevens (The Woman), and David Dickinson, (The Man) each played many roles in this play. Kyle Sorrell, for example, was not only the voice of Edward, but also composed all of the music. (I secretly know he is a lefty like I am. When you watch the play, see if you can find the musical clue that gives it away.) David Dickinson also played many different characters. One of the most lovable was The Hobo. While the Hobo chapter in the book was not my favorite, it was one of my absolute favorites in the play. Mr. Dickinson did an amazing performance under the stars playing his harmonica and also the violin. When I interviewed him, he mentioned this was a miraculous opportunity for him to introduce the violin into the play. Debra Stevens played multiple characters and one that even barks! You will fall in love with “Lucy.” Kate McFadzen narrates and surprises the audience with a unique bedtime story using a lamp and shadow puppets. It was great meeting the cast and Edward, and for me, these creative ideas are what made this play miraculous.
Hurry, don’t miss your opportunity to meet Edward and ask yourself what is your miraculous journey!
Childsplay Kid Reporter