How would you like to take a journey on a ship, inside a fishing net, around a garbage dump, aboard a railroad car, dangling from puppet strings, and through a doll shop—all in two hours? You can do it all while not even moving an inch, if you go to the Childsplay production of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. The play is based on the book written by Kate de Camillo. It is about a well-dressed china rabbit named Edward Tulane. He lives with a little girl named Abilene, until one fateful day…SPLOOSH! Edward is tossed into the ocean and begins an adventure that helps the selfish rabbit to understand love.
Edward goes by many names on the way, such as Malone, Jangles, and Susanna. Along with each new name, his wardrobe becomes stranger and stranger. He also gains new friends that open his heart. When he finally gets home, he is a different rabbit! At home, Edward didn’t think of much besides his looks but after his trip around the world, he learns that there is more to life than attire.
Did you know that they used 7 different Edwards in the play? It’s true! (One of the Edward versions looked cracked all over, but later I found out that the cracks were only painted on). Even though there were multiple Edwards, I was amazed that the whole play was cast with only four other actors. I interviewed the actors and asked them what their favorite part of the play is. Debra K. Stevens, who played Abilene and several other characters, likes the end the best. Kyle Sorrell, the voice of Edward, enjoyed watching Debra play Lucy the dog . Edward didn’t answer, of course, since he is only a china rabbit.
If you are lucky enough to go backstage, like I did, it is as if you have entered your own miraculous journey. You can see everything, from the crows to the chairs used in the play. I learned that they made the various backdrops using just one screen and a projector. They backstage area is small, but they use the space well.
The play was outstanding! Just remember to bring some tissues for the emotional moments. I am sure you will love The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.