The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Auditions:October 21-22, 2017
Performances:November 30-December 3, 2017
Play with music for ages 11-adult (no-cut for ages 11-19)
By Dwayne Hartford, Adapted from the book by Newberry-winner, Kate DiCamillo, Music by Kyle Sorrell
"If you have no intention of loving or being loved, then the whole journey is pointless. Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a rabbit made almost entirely of china. But how did such a thing come to be? Did the rabbit belong in this fine house? Was this the rabbit's home? Ah. Now that is an interesting question."
Edward Tulane is a china rabbit given to a ten-year-old girl named Abilene by her grandmother in the 1930s. He enjoys a pleasant but vain life with his young mistress, who treats him with the utmost love and respect, until an unfortunate incident finds him falling overboard while vacationing on the RMS Queen Mary. Edward spends 297 days on the ocean floor, until a storm frees him from the seabed and a passing fisherman and his buddy pull him free. Edward is passed from hand to hand of a succession of life-altering characters, such as a hobo and his dog and a girl with pneumonia and her brother. Edward's journeys not only take him far from home, but even farther from the selfish rabbit he once was. Edward is eventually cruelly broken against a counter top edge and then repaired and offered for sale in a doll store for several years, and is finally bought by the same mistress he once knew, but now older and more mature, with a daughter of her own.
"Once there was a rabbit who danced in a garden with the daughter of the woman who had loved him at the beginning of his journey. As they danced in circles it was almost as if they had wings and were flying.
Once, oh marvelous once, there was a rabbit who found his way home."
Below is a list of many of the characters in this beautiful story. Some roles may double and some require a small amount of singing. All roles below require strong actors who can bring the various characters to life. Please reference the novel by Kate DiCamillo for more details.
Lucy the dog
The Old Doll
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is being presented through special arrangement with Kate DiCamillo, Dwayne Hartford, and Kyle Sorrell.
THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE
Copyright 2006 by Kate DiCamillo
Originally published by Candlewick Press Used with the permission of Pippin Properties, Inc.