(Seattle, WA) - Pull out your garlic! Lock up your vegetables! There's a vampire rabbit on the loose! Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT) presents the musical mystery Bunnicula adapted by Jon Klein from the book by Deborah and James Howe, with lyrics by Jon Klein and music by Chris Jeffries. David Bennett will direct this hilarious mystery about a very unique bunny and the two household pets that discover his secret. Bunnicula will run October 8 through December 19, 2004 and January 7 -16, 2005 in the Eve Alvord Theatre at Seattle Center.

It's a dark and stormy night and best friends Chester (a cat) and Harold (a dog) await their owners' return from the movies. When the family finally gets home, they come bearing a surprise: a bunny! But this is no ordinary rabbit. When the family's vegetables start losing their juice, Chester thinks he knows the cause of the shocking phenomenon --or maybe it's just his overactive imagination. After Chester goads Harold into his scheme to protect the family, minor chaos ensues. Singing and dancing their way through this hilarious mystery, the furry friends find room in their hearts, and in their home, for one very exceptional bunny.

"This beloved story by the fabulous duo of Deborah and James Howe is a sweet funny tale that everyone in the family can enjoy together," said SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell. "Using pets, something most people are familiar with and have very strong feelings about, as the main characters is a charming way of allowing us to really feel a part of the story, in all its wacky brilliance."

Public performances of Bunnicula run Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 and 5:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $14 to $28 and may be purchased by calling SCT's box office at (206) 441-3322 or by visiting www.sct.org. The Eve Alvord Theatre is located at 201 Thomas Street at Seattle Center. For information on school matinees, call (206) 441-9244.

First published in 1979, James Howe and his late wife Deborah's book Bunnicula has become a perennial hit with young readers and has spawned several sequels including Howliday Inn, The Celery Stalks at Midnight and Nighty-Nightmare.

Bunnicula adaptor Jon Klein is the author of numerous produced plays, including T Bone N Weasel (winner of an HBO Playwrights USA Award), Betty The Yeti, Four Our Fathers, Southern Cross, and others. Mr. Klein has adapted two Hardy Boys books for the stage for SCT: The Hardy Boys in the Mystery of the Haunted House and The Hardy Boys in the Secret of Skullbone Island. Composer and Musical Director Chris Jeffries has written and composed over a dozen musicals, including I See London, I See France and The Glory Booty Club at Annex Theatre and Moon of My Delight and Vera Wilde at Empty Space.

Director David Bennett's work can be seen in the upcoming production of Miss Saigon for 5th Avenue Theatre and Man of La Mancha for Village Theatre. He is currently developing the play Endangered Species by Ray Cochran, and adapting the literary works, Geek Love by Katherine Dunn and The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, for the stage.

Seattle Children's Theatre originally commissioned the adaptation of Bunnicula for production in 1996. The play became an immediate success and its first run was extended several weeks. SCT remounted Bunnicula for a run at the Kirkland Performing Arts Center in 1999 and the play has since had several productions at theatres across the country.

BUNNICULA CAST AND ARTISTIC TEAM

The cast features Anthony Curry as Harold, David Drummand as Mr. Monroe, Ian Fraser as Toby, Demene Hall as Mrs. Monroe, Sarah Harlett as Chester, Douglas N. Paasch as Bunnicula, and MJ Sieber as Pete. Greg Michael Allen and Stacy Bean are the understudies.

The artistic team includes Chris Jefferies (musical director), Kathryn Van Meter (choreographer), Jennifer Lupton (set designer), Bradley Reed (costume designer), Julianne Keenan (lighting designer), Chris R. Walker (sound designer) and Douglas N. Paasch (puppet designer).

A limited amount of $10 rush tickets will be available Friday nights at the ticket office. There will be an American Sign Language interpreted performance of Bunnicula for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons on Saturday, November 6 at 2 p.m. For more information, call (206) 441-3322, voice, or (206) 443-6938, TTY.

Seattle Children's Theatre would like to thank season sponsor Microsoft, season education sponsor Washington Mutual and production education sponsor Nishino.

Now celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season, Seattle Children's Theatre performs September through June in the Charlotte Martin and Eve Alvord Theatres at Seattle Center. The second largest children's theatre in the nation, Seattle Children's Theatre is a leading producer of theatre, education programs and new scripts for young people. Since its inception SCT has presented 167 plays, 83 of which have been world premieres, and entertained over 4 million children.

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For photos, complete biographies, interviews and further assistance, contact SCT Interim Public Relations Manager Jeff Fickes at (206) 443-0807 x107 or jefff@sct.org.

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