Bunnicula, the story of a vampire bunny that sucks the juice out of carrots, opens live on the MainStage Friday, a production of the Youth Theatre of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.
Based on the beloved children’s book series by James and Deborah Howe, this play by Jon Klein tells the story of what happens when the Monroe family rescues a bunny they find at the movie theater where they are watching a Dracula film. Chester, the family cat (played by Elizabeth Van Deusen) is convinced that Bunnicula (played by two actors, Alexa Kruscrewski and Anja Crowson) is a menace to the family. Chester attempts to coerce the dog, Harold (played by Noah Swope), into helping save the family from what Chester fears is terrible danger.
Elisha Hicks and Christian Nichols (as the parents) and Cannon Hunt and Josh Anderle (as the sons) play the Monroe family. Maria Chattin-Carter, director of the play, estimates that young theatre-goers in first through sixth grades will be especially captivated by the production.
Public performances of Bunnicula will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., Sept. 28-Oct. 7. Tickets are $8 and $10 and may be purchased in advance by calling the box office 267-8534 or online at tickets.TheatreCentre.com. The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is at 400 River St.