Portales, NM – November 9, 2023 – The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking presents Bunnicula, a musical for the whole family, Thursday, Nov 16-Sunday, Nov. 19 at the University Theatre Center Mainstage.
The family-friendly musical Bunnicula by Jon Klein, based on the book by James and Deborah Howe, with music composed by Chris Jeffries and directed by Anne Beck is about a vampire rabbit found at a movie theatre by the Monroe family. The family brings the rabbit home as a new pet. Their cat, Chester, and dog, Harold, don’t quite know what to make of this new pet. Chester suspects he is a vampire bunny! Excitement and surprise ensue as Chester tries to catch the bunny in his vampire act.
Singing and dancing their way through this hilarious mystery, the furry friends find room in their hearts, and in their homes, for one very unique bunny. And, for the audience, there is the new aspect of Bunnicula as the character is being portrayed by a puppeteer and current ENMU sophomore, Judah Wyatt.
"Watching our Theatre and Digital Filmmaking students act, dance, and sing has been a real pleasure," said Anne Beck, Director and Professor of Theatre at ENMU. "The set design was by a newcomer to ENMU, Dr. Joe Thompson; the musical direction by Stephanie Streseman-Wilkinson; the choreography by Kelsey Prince; the lighting design by Leonard Madrid; the puppet construction by our Chair, Jon Barr; the costumes designed by the first year Digital Filmmaking major, Colbie Boyd, and the stage management by senior theatre major, Jai Whitteker. This is a showcase of Portales’s talent!"
Tickets are $10 for adults with senior citizens and active military members, only $7 each. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. for the shows on Thursday the 16th through Saturday the 18th, with a 2 p.m. matinee showing on Sunday, Nov. 19. To purchase tickets and for more information on the performance, visit www.enmu.edu/TheatreLive.
In addition, the Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking is partnering with Cindy’s Hope, a local animal rescue organization, to accept donations in the lobby before the start of each show.