Who is Edward Tulane? Is he a historical figure? A cartoon character that Lauren and I have missed? Is it a children’s book?
Those were my first thoughts when I saw that the Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) would be presenting the production of THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE. Lauren and I didn’t have a clue as to what to expect from the play, but of course, any evening spent at DCT is a fabulous treat so off we went to see where the journey would take us.
THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE is based on the book by award-winning author Kate DiCamillo. You may know her best from her book that was made into a movie, Because of Winn Dixie.
First to give you a little background, Edward Tulane is a china rabbit that is given to a young girl by her grandmother in the 1920’s. The rabbit goes on an incredible, but life changing journey in which he learns lessons about love, friendship, and humility. Along the journey, he meets a diverse group of people from a fisherman’s wife, gravely ill child and her brother, to a homeless man and his furry friend.
DCT ventured into powerful storytelling with this production. It has a cast of only five people who play 26 different parts! Unlike other plays, this one didn’t use microphones to project the actors voices. Original music created and performed by actors Johnny Lee (the voice of Edward) and Sonny Franks was softly performed throughout each scene by using a banjo and acoustic guitar which set the tone for the play.
The play was miraculous in that every feasible emotion is felt while watching it! There was laughter, sadness, joy, shock, a little anger, tears, and happiness all wrapped in one journey. Social and family issues were intertwined within the journey. There was sympathy and empathy discovered not only by Edward, but the audience as evidenced by our reactions.
I didn’t know who Edward Tulane was prior to seeing this play. Now I know recognize him in Ella, Chase, and Anna Bell, who are my daughter’s favorite doll and bears. I understand her connection to the fantasy and the love that she trusts to keep her safe at night as she they crowd her bed.
We are all on a journey not knowing where it will take us. As stated in the play, “rain is the price we pay for flowers.” So enjoy your journey, the good, the bad, the ugly just as this china rabbit Edward Tulane did to find happiness. Let it be one that leads you to the Rosewood Center to see this miraculous play!
THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE runs through April 10, 2016, and is recommended for ages 7 and up.
Reserve tickets by calling the box office at 214-740-0051 or visiting www.dct.org.
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