CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN WEEKEND WITH TOY AT OUR SPOOKTACULAR EVENT!

On the final weekend of Bunnicula - Oct. 28 and 29 - come in costume as we celebrate Halloween with fun family activities before and after the play!  Purchase a ticket to the show and enjoy the festivities!

 

PURCHASE TICKETS

 

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

BEFORE the 2 p.m. performance of Bunnicula:

  • Food trucks on Elmwood Ave. (Sat. 10/28 only, Noon - 2 pm, 153 Elmwood, Pasion Restaurant Parking Lot).
  • Ticket giveaway to another production at TOY.

 

Both BEFORE and AFTER the performance:

  • Fun photo opportunities and pin the tail on the monster at Pine Apple Co. Art Gallery, 224 Allen St.
  • Halloween themed books for sale from Talking Leaves. 
  • Enjoy lunch, brunch or dinner at any of the great Allentown restaurants!

 

AFTER the performance:

  • TOY coloring sheet and candy distribution from Sweet Jenny's Candystore.
  • Festive Bunny cookies for sale from Sweet Temptations Bakery.
  • Trick-or-Treat Trail at our neighborhood establishments near the theatre (show your ticket stub for treats):
    • Antique Man, 234 Allen St.
    • Cantina Loco, 191 Allen St. (corner Elmwood)
    • Melting Point, 244 Allen St.
    • Pine Apple Co., 224 Allen St.
    • Pawprints by Penny, 260 Allen St. (both treats for kids and pets)

 

AUDIENCES AND CRITICS LOVE BUNNICULA!

 

"4 out of 5 Buffalos!  Everyone in this well-rehearsed cast delivered a first-rate “opening night” (well, this is a kid’s show, so opening afternoon) performance: John Profeta as the clueless Mr. Monroe, Jenn Stafford as the super-efficient mom Mrs. Monroe, Rich Kraemer as Harold the dimwitted dog, Christine Cooke-Macvittie as Bunnicula’s puppeteer (and veterinarian), Tyler Eisenmann as the older brother Toby and Ayden Herreid as the younger brother Pete."

-Peter Hall, Buffalo Rising (read the full review)

 

"3 out of 4 stars!  ...That makes "Bunnicula" one of those stories in which kids in the audience know even more than the grown-ups, which always feels good. Kids who have read the books or seen TV shows inspired by them will plug into the action immediately, while first-timers may be inspired to pick up the book afterward."

-Melinda Miller, The Buffalo News (read the full review)

 

"“Bunnicula” is a lighthearted, easy to follow horror-comedy that is perfect for children on Halloween (I mean, October). It’s frightening Dracula inspiration is downplayed by the adorable pets and the silly humans who think they know better. There’s many laughs and thrills to be had, recommended for ages 6 and up."

-Kristin Loughran, Buffalo Theatre Guide (read the full review)

 

"Christine Cooke-Macvittie is the puppeteer, working Bunnicula’s fangs and red eyes, expertly moving him around the set as he goes about his vegetarian vampire business."

-Ann Marie Cusella, Buffalo Vibe (read the full review)

 

 

THE PLOT

"You may have seen Easter bunnies, fluffy bunnies, and funny bunnies, but you have never seen a bunny like Bunnicula, the vampire bunny now stalking the celery at Theatre of Youth. Chester the cat knows what the bunny is up to, but Harold the dog and the whole Monroe family are unaware of the nocturnal habits of their new pet in this charming musical with a message.

Ominous organ music and thunder and lightning abound as Bunnicula enters the Monroe home in a box, and whenever night falls. The set design by Kenneth Shaw is lovely...  The human family consists of an intense lawyer mother (Jenn Stafford), rather vague professor father (John Profeta), and two tween boys full of life (Tyler Eisenmann and Ayden Herreid). They are like a cartoon family in a good way, coming and going in and out this door and that, sometimes for no apparent reason at all."

-Ann Marie Cusella, Buffalo Vibe

IS THE SHOW TOO SCARY FOR MY CHILDREN?

"As any fan of the children's book of the same title knows, it is the celery that stalks. And despite the delicious Halloween-style theatrical effects, Bunnicula is a lot less ferocious than his glowing red eyes and growing green fangs would indicate.  In truth, he's kind of a funny bunny."

-Melinda Miller, The Buffalo News