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Soft, cuddly and ... bloodthirsty?

Rabbit’s secret uncovered in TWU’s ‘Bunnicula’

Chester and Harold are on the case of the mysteriously lightening vegetables.

Chester, a cat, and Harold, a dog, are enjoying life with their owners when the couple springs a strange surprise on them: a bunny. But is this bundle of twitchy-nosed, cotton-tailed joy the tender creature it appears to be?

The Texas Woman’s University Drama Department sets up young audiences for a real mystery in the musical adaptation of James and Deborah Howe’s children’s book Bunnicula.

Director Cristin Thomas returns to continue her summer gig, bringing a play or musical theater for children to the Denton stage at TWU. Last year, Thomas saw sold-out audiences fall for Miss Nelson Is Missing, an imaginative adaptation of a book about a beleaguered teacher who bails on her unruly students and is replaced by a frightening, no-nonsense substitute.

Bunnicula is a simple story about a pair of pets who think their newest roommate might be doing unseemly things to the household produce. They put their sniffers to the trail and learn that the cute little whiskers might disguise a distasteful identity.

The musical is suitable for all ages. The opening performance is at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The show will also be presented at 10 a.m. June 20-21 and June 26-28; at 2 p.m. June 21-23 and June 28-30; and 7 p.m. June 22 and June 29.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For reservations, call 940-898-2020 or visit www.twu.edu/drama .

— Lucinda Breeding