Posted 10:05 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022

Theatre Arts Department to present family-friendly show starting Feb. 25

Every heart can learn to love, lose and love again

UWL Theatre Arts will present the family-friendly tale of "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" by Dwayne Hartford, based on the children’s book by Kate DiCamillo. Edward Tulane aims to make hearts soar and break them with the heartache of loss and loneliness.   

"The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" will run at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-26 and March 3-5 and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 27 and March 6, in Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts, at 16th and Vine Streets. 

Edward Tulane is an expensive toy rabbit made of china. He is loved by a little girl named Abilene, but Edward doesn’t care. He is vain and self-centered. He has no interest in anyone other than himself.

On an ocean voyage, Edward is accidentally thrown overboard and sinks to the bottom of the sea. So begins his journey—a journey over which he has no control, for he is a toy rabbit. He can neither move nor speak.

As the years pass, Edward meets many different people in many different situations: an older grieving couple who find comfort in Edward’s presence, a hobo and his dog who introduce Edward to a whole community of homeless wanderers, a farmer in need of a scarecrow, a sad little boy and his very ill sister, and finally a doll mender and an old doll who teach Edward an invaluable lesson. Through this miraculous journey, Edward learns what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again. 

Tickets are $8 for UWL students; $18 for senior citizens and other students; and $20 for others. Seating is assigned. Tickets may be purchased at www.uwlax.edu/theatre-arts; make in-person/phone reservations at 608.785.6696. Box office hours are 1-4:30 p.m. weekdays and one hour prior to each performance. Tickets printed at the box office or held at will-call will incur an additional fee. Patrons are encouraged to buy tickets online and download the tickets to their phone/email.

All patrons are required to wear a mask while inside UWL buildings, as well as during the entire theatre performance.   

IF YOU GO: 
WHAT: "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" by Dwayne Hartford; based on the book by Kate DiCamillo 
WHERE: Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts (16th and Vine streets) 
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-26 and March 3-5; 2 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 6
COST:  $8 for UWL students; $18 for senior citizens and other students; and $20 for others. Seating is assigned. Tickets may be purchased at www.uwlax.edu/theatre-arts; make in-person/phone reservations at 608.785.6696. Box office hours are 1-4:30 p.m. weekdays and one hour prior to each performance. Tickets printed at the box office or held at will-call will incur an additional fee. Patrons are encouraged to buy tickets online and download the tickets to their phone/email.   

CAST: Louden Ferguson, Doug Feyen, Val Fish, Anna Halvorsen, Wriley Hoffner, Tracie Hodgdon, Joshua Kaiser, Linnea Lerwick, Noah Mastaglio, Ronny Mickle 
PRODUCTION TEAM: Greg Parmeter (Director), Laurie Kincman (Stage Manager), Joe Anderson (Costume Designer), Mandy Kolbe (Scenic Designer), Brodyn Byington (Sound Designer), Ben Golden (Lighting Designer), Megan Morey (Technical Director), Camille Foss (Dramaturg)