Genesee's Forum Players Perform the Velveteen Rabbit,

The beloved children's classic, The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams, will be performed by the Forum Players, the student-based acting group at Genesee Community College and by members from the community on Saturday, April 16 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Local elementary students have been invited on April 14 and 15 as part of Genesee's annual Children's Theatre production.

Margery Williams was born in London in 1881and first came to the United States at the age of nine. She attended schools in both America and England, but was eventually home-schooled by her parents, a lawyer and a scholar. Her first novel, written for adults, was published when she was 17 years old. The Velveteen Rabbit, was Williams' first attempt at writing for children. It has become her most well-known work and a children's literature classic.

The cast for this production includes members of the Forum Players as well as residents from the community. Gretel Kauffman plays the child, "Alex," and Chuck Davenport plays "The Doctor."

Maryanne Arena, director of Fine and Performing Arts at Genesee is thrilled to once again feature community members in the cast. "We had a tremendous outpouring of community support with the recent Ten Minute Play Festival, so I'm happy to be able to work with people from the area again on this production." Ms. Arena feels that "Genesee Community College is fortunate, not only to be able to develop theatre skills in our own students, but to extend beyond the college to unite the community in a common endeavor."

Audience Services Manager, Patricia Hawley, notes that "we've been producing Children's Theatre for the past five years and it has grown in popularity since the beginning. The Velveteen Rabbit is a wonderful introduction to the theatre for small children. " Area schoolchildren from the GLOW region will attend special performances on April 14 and 15 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A few seats are still available for interested schools.

Tickets for The Velveteen Rabbit are on sale now and can be reserved by calling the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585-345-6814 or by email at