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"The Velveteen Rabbit," 10/25 & 10/26/02

October 1, 2002
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-8794)

For general information about tickets, seating, parking, etc., for performances and events happening at the Center for the Arts, please contact the ticket office directly at 703-993-2787.

Believe in the Magic again!
George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Welcomes Back
ODC/San Francisco’s production of the children’s classic
The Velveteen Rabbit
Two Performances Inaugurate the Center’s Family Entertainment Series
as part of
Great Performances at Mason
Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m.

"When a child loves you for a long, long time,
not just to play with, but REALLY loves you,
then you become real"

Fairfax, Virginia, October 1, 2002—"…the choreography of K.T. Nelson proves to be endlessly imaginative…a world that children would immediately accept, and one their parents would love to rejoin…" – the Montgomery Sentinel after the 2000 performance of ODC/San Francisco’s The Velveteen Rabbit at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. The Center for the Arts warmly welcomes back ODC/San Francisco and its charming rendition of the memorable Margery Williams story. The Velveteen Rabbit is presented on Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m. Family Friendly prices apply and these performances are part of the Great Performances at Mason Family Entertainment Series. Ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early and participate in family activities prior to the curtain, including…

Friday October 25 at 7pm
* Arrive early to get your bunny faces on! Young audience members get paper bunny ears, whiskers and pink noses!
* After getting your Bunny Makeover, join KT Nelson, Artistic Director and Choreographer for ODC/San Francisco, for a Family Movement Workshop on the Hall’s Grand Tier. Learn how to move like the Velveteen Rabbit, The Fairy, and Nana! The workshop begins at 7:15pm and is fun for kids of all ages.

Saturday October 26 at 6pm
* Arrive early to get your bunny faces on! Young audience members get paper bunny ears, whiskers and pink noses!
* Participate in our "MOST-LOVED TOY Contest"! Kids can join in by bringing their most loved toy to the show. Winners announced and given prizes at our pre-show Milk and Cookie Reception on the third floor lobby.
* 6pm – Register your toy with our distinguished panel of judges in one of the following categories:
Please keep in mind that contest registration ends promptly at 6:20pm.
* 6:30pm Winners announced and prizes distributed!
* 6:45pm It’s off to see the Velveteen Rabbit performance in the Concert Hall
* * *

ODC/San Francisco produced its first workshop production of The Velveteen Rabbit in 1986. The company was interested in creating quality contemporary entertainment for family audiences. ODC embarked on a three-year project to re-choreograph and expand the production to a full-length ballet in 1989. Brian Wildsmith, award winning childrens’ book illustrator designed the costumes, pre-eminent San Francisco-based actor Geoff Hoyle narrated and a score comprised of Benjamin Britten compositions was chosen. The production as it appears now premiered in San Francisco in November 1990.

K.T. Nelson, ODC/San Francisco’s co-artistic director joined ODC/San Francisco in 1976, while the company was still at Oberlin College. Nelson has choreographed more the 40 works for the company, as well as composed and commissioned numerous sound scores. ODC artistic director Brenda Way is a 2000 recipient of a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. She received her early training at the School of American Ballet and Ballet Arts in New York. Among her many choreographic commissions are Scissors Paper Stone (1994) for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Western Women (1993) for Cal Performances, Rutgers University and Jacob’s Pillow; and many more.

ODC/San Francisco is a contemporary dance company, community theater, producing institution and school. Founded in 1971, the Oberlin Dance Collective moved from Ohio in 1976. It was one of the first American companies to return to virtuosic technique and narrative in avant-garde dance and, on the heels of a national trend toward minimalism, commit major resources to interdisciplinary collaboration and commissions for its repertory. The dance company presents seventeen weeks of performances annually, both across the U.S. and abroad. The ODC Theater is the oldest contemporary dance producing and presenting organization in San Francisco presenting year-round programs in contemporary dance and more, as well as significant training and mentoring programs for new and emerging artists. ODC School holds classes for hundreds of adults and children each week. The school includes a program for selecting and guiding emerging choreographers and many of its alumnae run their own companies.

Tickets for The Velveteen Rabbit are $25, children [under 12] half price (as part of the Family Entertainment Series, choose three or more Family Entertainment events and pay only $20 per adult and $10 per child!) Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.

A selection of delightful events – the series is specifically designed as an affordable way
for the entire family to share the joy of the performing arts together!

ODC/San Francisco
The Velveteen Rabbit

Friday, October 25, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 26, 7 p.m.

Theater of the First Amendment
Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales

Thursday, January 23, 7 p.m.; Friday, January 24, 7 p.m.; Saturday, January 25, 2 & 7 p.m.
On the mainstage for the first time! Our professional theater’s smash hit for the whole family filled with hummable music and fairy tales told with a distinctive mountain twang!

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel
Music for the Young and Young at Heart

Sunday, January 26, 2 p.m.
From the tunes practiced on the piano as a youngster, to familiar melodies drawn from classic compositions, Siegel takes children and adults on an interesting journey of musical discovery!

Voice of the Dragon – Once Upon a Time in Chinese America
Saturday, April 12, 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m.
From musician and activist Fred Ho, an avant garde piece of allegory dance/theater that will mesmerize both adults and youngsters with its tale of a Shaolin warrior infused with breathtaking choreography, spellbinding music and heart stopping martial arts.

Theater of the First Amendment
Perseus Bayou

Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m.; Friday, April 25, 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 26, 2 & 7 p.m.
The Perseus/Andromeda myth takes a turn toward the banks of the mighty Mississippi as Percy slays a giant ‘gator, falls for "Andy" and saves his mom from the evil Polydectes! All set to a spicy Cajun score!

(A family of four can enjoy a three event series together for only $180!)

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.