published Friday, September 28th, 2012

Vampire bunny to stalk the Theatre Centre?

IF YOU GO

What: "Bunnicula"

When: 7:30 p.m. today and Oct. 5; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Oct. 6-7.

Where: MainStage, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St.

Admission: $8 and $10.

Phone: 267-8534.

Website: www.TheatreCentre.com.

Is he or isn't he?

Whether or not the bunny is a vampire is up in the air, but the cat is pretty sure, and he's trying to convince the dog, who is telling the tale.

Audiences will have to decide for themselves.

"Bunnicula," based on the children's book "Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery" by James and Deborah Howe, will open tonight as a Youth Theatre production on the MainStage of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

"The idea of an animal writing the story and it all coming from his viewpoint, that's the fun part of it," said director Maria Chattin-Carter.

The story, written for the stage by Jon Klein, centers on the Monroe family and its pets. The Monroes find a bunny at the theater, where they were watching a Dracula film. Because of this, they name him Bunnicula. However, their cat, Chester, is convinced the bunny is a vampire because he sucks the juice out of vegetables. So Chester elicits the dog, Harold, to help save the family from the perceived menace.

Chattin-Carter said the set, including furniture, is oversized to make the animals appear smaller. The actors, she said, are not so much dressed as the characters they play but act more like humans with animal characteristics.

"Bunnicula" will appeal to most elementary-school students, she said. While it's more fun than moralistic, the play does allow theatergoers to see how you can be "friends with those who are not the same as you," said Chattin-Carter.

about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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