Where: Metuchen, New Jersey
When: March-April 2002
Performance Schedule: Shows ran primarily on Saturdays at 11 am, with at least 1 Sunday show at the same time
Role(s): "The Boy"
When Joe was 12 years old, he appeared in an original local stage musical version of The Velveteen Rabit, based off the popular childrens book. The musical ran at the Forum Theater in Metuchen, New Jersey. This show technically marked Joe's professional theater debut due to a contract by the Actors Equity Association (AEA) that the actors performed under. Joe played the lead role, "The Boy". A live recording of Joe in this role exists in the sole custody of the composer, Paul Farinella, for archival purposes. A CD of certain highlights of the show was recorded, but Joe was not featured on it.
..:: A little something about the show ::..
The Velveteen Rabbit is (presumably) based off the classic childrens book of the same title. It is the story of a young boy's favorite toy, a stuffed rabit who longs to become real through the love the boy gives him.
"The Boy" is the owner of the Velveteen Rabbit. He becomes ill with scarlet fever and is shipped overseas to be treated. In the end of the story, he encounters a real rabbit who he thinks resembles his old Velveteen Rabbit (hint hint).