When: Fridays, 7 p.m., Sundays, 1 & 4 p.m. and Dec. 26-30, 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18 2016
Edward Tulane is a fancy china rabbit who accompanies the well-to-do human child Abilene everywhere. He's a self-centered rabbit who doesn't consider the feelings of anyone else, but his outlook changes when he slips from Abilene's grasp and ends up on the ocean floor. Saved by a fisherman's net, Edward begins a journey that teaches him about the value of compassion in a world that can be unexpectedly harsh, even to fancy china rabbits. Kate DiCamillo's book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane has become a standard for young readers. Dwayne Hartford has adapted the story for the stage, and Metro Theater Company mounts the production as a holiday gift for the city. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is presented at 7 p.m. Friday and at 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday (December 9 to 18) and then daily at 2 p.m. (December 26 to 30). Performances take place at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; www.metroplays.org). Tickets are $16 to $20.