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Company of Fools presents ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ in Hailey

December 23, 2018

KETCHUM — Company of Fools will warm up the holiday season and continue its 23rd season of theater programming with a production of “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” — Dwayne Hartford’s adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal-winning children’s novel. Directed by Natalie Battistone, the production will run through Dec. 30 at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey and is appropriate for audiences of all ages.

Praised by Chicago Critic as “a wonderful story … about the transformative power of love,” “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” tells the tale of an expensive toy rabbit who is adored by a girl named Abilene. But Edward couldn’t care less about that — he’s vain and self-important. When he is accidentally thrown overboard on an ocean voyage, he finds himself on a miraculous journey, but he can’t move or speak — after all, he’s a toy rabbit! Along the way, Edward meets a grieving couple who find comfort in his presence, a hobo and his dog, a farmer in need of a scarecrow, a sad little boy and his very ill sister, and finally a doll mender and an old doll who teach him an invaluable lesson — what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again.

“This beautiful story is told in the tapestry of COF’s ‘the stories live on’ season,” Battistone said. “It is a poignant and gentle reflection of the heartache we all go through when we are inevitably overtaken by grief, and the beauty of the journey in finding our way back to love.”

The play is also a coming-of-age story that touches the hearts of children and adults alike.

Tickets are $35 for members of the center, $40 for nonmembers, $35 for seniors and $15 for students (with student ID).

Tickets may be purchased online at sunvalleycenter.org, by phone at 208-578-9122 or at the Liberty Theatre box office starting one hour before curtain. All seats are reserved.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 26, 27, 28 and 29 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 30.

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