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Babes in Toyland

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Babes in Toyland Holiday Plays


By: John Donald O'Shea
Cast: 13 M, 11 F, 14 flexible, chorus, extras (With doubling: 12 M, 11 F, 4 flexible, extras)
Performance Time: Approximately 120 minutes, 77 pgs.

Babes in Toyland

HOLIDAY MUSICAL. This adaptation of the classic 1903 holiday musical by Glen MacDonough will charm audiences of all ages with its music by Victor Herbert and its 14 fabulous songs including “Toyland” and “March of the Toys.” In order to steal their fortune, villainous lawyer Barnaby Blatherskite drugs Jane and Barney, rolls them up in rugs, and has his bumbling henchmen, Stanley and Oliver, deliver them to the Forest Queen for “disposal.” But Oliver and Stanley decide to double-cross Barnaby, keep the Forest Queen’s $1,000 “disposal” fee for themselves, and dump their human cargo in the Forbidden Forest of No Return. When Jane and Barney awaken in the Forbidden Forest, they encounter the Forest Queen, who has been captured in the evil Spider Captain’s web. Jane and Barney manage to free the Queen before the Spider Captain can eat her. Meanwhile, Barnaby Blatherskite visits Mary Contrary and informs her that Barney is dead and offers his hand in marriage. Frightened, Mary and her brother, Tom, flee to the Forbidden Forest, where they are captured by the Forest Queen’s tree soldiers. Out of gratitude for freeing her from the spider web, the Forest Queen arranges for Barney, Jane, Tom, and Mary to be escorted to Toyland. However, Barnaby Blatherskite and his henchman arrive at Santa’s workshop in Toyland and disguise themselves as toy bag inspectors in order to kidnap Mary. But before the villains can make their escape on Santa’s sleigh, they have to battle a troop of Toy Soldiers.

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Please remember it is necessary to purchase one script for each cast member and one royalty for each performance.


Scripts: $8.95 each
Royalty: $75.00/performance
Prompt Book: $16.00
Poster Package: $50.00 (50/pkg)
Distribution Rights: $75.00
Artwork Rights: $50.00
Score: $50.00
Vocal Score: $9.00
CD: $50.00 (Vocal/Instrumental)
Play Pack: $588.00  (41 scripts for cast/crew, 1 score, 1 CD, 1 prompt book, 1 royalty, 50 posters)

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John Donald O'Shea John Donald O’Shea has been involved in community theatre for more than 40 years as a singer, actor, producer, and director. Since retiring from his position as a circuit court judge, Mr. O’Shea has written and directed several plays for schools. He lives in Illinois.

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