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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane: A Heartfelt UIL One-Act Production by College Park High School

The College Park High School Theatre Department presents their 2024 UIL One-Act Play competition production of "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," a captivating adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's beloved book. The story follows Edward, a self-absorbed china rabbit, on a transformative journey through love and loss.

The production, directed by Mrs. Lobonski, showcases the talents of senior Solomon Williams as Edward and a talented ensemble cast. With performances on February 26, 27, 29, and March 4 at the College Park Auditorium, this 40-minute play promises an emotional and memorable experience.

The story centers around Edward Tulane, a china rabbit who is cherished by a young girl named Abilene but is indifferent to the world around him. Through a series of unexpected events, Edward is separated from Abilene and embarks on a decades-long odyssey that teaches him the true meaning of love and connection. The play explores themes of resilience, redemption, and the transformative power of love.

The production features a talented ensemble cast, led by senior Solomon Williams in the role of Edward Tulane. Williams delivers a nuanced performance, capturing the complexity of Edward's character as he evolves from a self-centered rabbit to a being capable of deep love and empathy. His portrayal is both heartwarming and poignant, making Edward's journey all the more compelling.

Abigail Opeyemi shines as the Traveler, whose warm and inviting voice guides the audience through the highs and lows of the story. Payton Been's portrayal of Bryce is raw and authentic, capturing the character's struggles with genuine emotion. Sara Bong, playing Lucy the dog, impresses with her expressive pantomime skills, and Fiona Sammer's Nellie tugs at the heartstrings with her performance.

A standout aspect of the production is the use of shadow puppetry, expertly handled by Payton Been and Veer Chulki. The shadow scenes add a magical dimension to the storytelling, creating a visually stunning experience that complements the narrative.

The custom made Edward Tulane puppets, created by Randy Carfango Productions, are a testament to the creativity and attention to detail that has gone into this production.

In interviews, Solomon Williams expressed his deep connection to the story, having been introduced to it by his father as a child. He shared his excitement about bringing Edward's journey to life on stage, especially in his final performance at College Park. Mrs. Lobonski, the director, also shared her personal connection to the story and the challenges of adapting it for the stage, including the creation of the unique puppets.

"The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" is a testament to the power of storytelling and the ability of theater to evoke deep emotions. It is a must-see production that will resonate with audiences long after the curtain falls. Don't miss the opportunity to witness this heartwarming tale of transformation and redemption.

Purchase your tickets now at and join Edward on his miraculous journey.


It's the season of competition for high school theater departments as the UIL One-Act Play contest takes center stage in Texas:

This annual event showcases the talent of young performers, who present plays ranging from 18 to 40 minutes in length. A panel of judges evaluates each performance, awarding individual acting honors and selecting plays to advance to the next level. Beyond the competition, the UIL One-Act Play contest serves as a valuable learning experience, offering students the opportunity to showcase their skills, receive constructive feedback, and deepen their appreciation for the art of theater.


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