Bunnicula set to open on Friday

TURLOCK — LightBox Theatre Company moved into the Carnegie Arts Center this week for its final preparations to make its debut of “Bunnicula” on Friday.

Based on the classic series written by James and Debroah Howe, “Bunnicula,” is a thrilling tale in which the Monroe family rescues a bunny from a movie theater. Chester (the family cat) and Harold (the family dog) agree that this new pet named Bunnicula is not an average animal, but disagree on how to accept him as one of their own. The cat and dog antics bring hilarity to a spooky situation that will keep young audiences entertained.

“Bunnicula,” will run during the first two weekends of October at the Carnegie Art’s Center’s Loft Theater in Downtown Turlock. Carnegie Art’s Center and LightBox will also bring students from Wakefield Elementary School to the Carnegie for three free performances, Oct. 6 and Oct. 8.

Stefani Tsai, who has a Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara in Theatre Studies, is directing the play. Eric Broadwater, a veteran theater artist with a M.F.A., designed the production. The play features local actors from the community, Stanislaus State and Pitman High School.

For the past two months, the cast and crew of LightBox Theatre Company built the sets and rehearsed on the campus of Stanislaus State in a partnership with the CSU Stanislaus Theatre Department.

Tsai and Broadwater founded the company to produce adaptations of American literature for children and to develop new works that reflect the history, stories, and culture of the diverse Central Valley community. Additionally, the company will partner with school districts to provide opportunities for educators to introduce to their young students literature through live performances.