The Velveteen Rabbit Audio CD


Theatre artist
Kathryn Popham has been delighting young audiences in schools, libraries and theatres across Canada and the U.S.A. with her solo dramatic presentation of the children's classic "The Velveteen Rabbit". We are thrilled to announce the CD release of her new musical version of this famous tale.

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Collaborating with composers Terry Blersh and Andrew Gilpin, Kathryn's skillful mix of drama, original music and songs brings Margery Williams' inspirational story to life.

Producer/arranger
Terry Blersh enlisted some of Canada's most talented musicians, as well as engineer extraordinaire Jeremy Darby (Alicia Keys, Barenaked Ladies), to create the sounds and styles inspired by the songs.

Heard on the CD are:
Kathryn Popham - storyteller, lead vocals, keyboard, and flute, Terry Blersh - guitar, piano, vocals (Terry Blersh Trio), Tom Griffiths - bass (Colin Linden, Cameo Blues Band), Charlie Cooley - drums (Kalan Porter, Anne Murray), Andrew Gilpin - piano (Ebony and Ivory), Denis Keldie - piano and organ (Natalie MacMaster, Prairie Oyster), Kevin Fox - cello (Sarah Harmer, Celine Dion), Gord Myers - trombone (The Lion King, David Clayton-Thomas), John Johnson - saxophone & clarinet (Holly Cole, Diana Krall), Johnny Wright - vocals.

Victoria, British Columbia native
Kathryn Popham is a well known theatre artist living in Toronto. She began private elocution lessons at the age of seven and was lucky enough to attend an elementary school that offered extensive band and choir opportunities, which she took full advantage of. As a frequent competitor at the annual Speech Arts Festival, Kathryn won the Audrey Johnson Award for most promising performer. She was awarded an A.T.C.L. degree in Speech and Drama from the Trinity College of London at the age of eighteen, and graduated from the Professional Actor Training Program at Victoria's Camosun College in 1977.

Kathryn specializes in solo performances that incorporate distinctive character voices with physical theatre and music. Some of her one woman shows include "
Alice in Wonderland", "Bambi", "The Wind in the Willows", "The Velveteen Rabbit" and most recently, "The Wizard of Oz". She has performed at the Edinburgh Festival, the Regina Children's Festival, for Command Performances in Ogdensburg, New York, and in thousands of schools throughout Canada. She continues to tour extensively, performing for over 50,000 young people each year.