Babes In Toyland

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The operetta BABES IN TOYLAND weaves together characters and themes from the Mother Goose nursery rhymes, creating a spectacular, Christmas-themed musical extravaganza. It features many of Victor Herbert’s most beloved songs, including Toyland; March of the Toys; Go to Sleep, Slumber Deep; and The Toymaker’s Workshop.

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  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
  • Upcoming
  • Music by Victor Herbert
    Book and Lyrics by Glen MacDonough

  • Full Orchestration

    2 Violin I
    1 Violin II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Flute and Piccolo
    1 Oboe
    1 Clarinet I & II (Bb)
    1 Bassoon

    1 Horn I & II (F)
    1 Trumpet I & II (Bb) — includes Stage & Toy Trumpet cues
    1 Trombone

    2 Percussion:
    Timpani (2 drums)
    Bass Drum & Cymbals
    Snare Drum & Triangle
    Bells
    Tambourine
    Sandpaper Blocks
    Baby Cry
    Stage cues for: Toy Drum, Toy Cymbal, miscellaneous Toy Instruments, Rooster, Cuckoo, Doll, Rattle, Cow, Duck, Dog & Whistle.

    1 Harp (three numbers only)
    2 Stage Instruments:
    I: Trumpet, 3 Toy Trumpets, Toy Drum, Toy Cymbal, Whistle, Dog & Duck
    II: Miscellaneous Toy Instruments, Cow, Doll, Rattle, Cuckoo & Rooster

    Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book
    30     Additional Prompt Books
    31     Chorus-Vocal Parts

  • Uncle Barnaby — a rich miser in love with Contrary Mary

    Alan — Uncle Barnaby’s nephew

    Jane — Uncle Barnaby’s niece

    Hilda —maid of all work in the Piper household

    Roderigo —a sentimental ruffian

    Gonzorgo — Roderigo’s hard-hearted partner

    The Widow Piper —a lonely widow with fourteen children

    Tom Tom — The Widow Piper’s eldest son

    Simple Simon — who is fond of fairs

    Peter — who has a passion for pumpkin pie

    Tommy Tucker — who sings for his supper and everything else

    Jack — who does chores

    Boy Blue — who wants to be a farmer

    Bobby Shaftoe — who wants to be a sailor

    Contrary Mary —The Widow Piper’s eldest daughter

    Bo-Peep — who is a careless shepherdess

    Jill —who helps Jack

    Sallie Waters —who wants to get married

    Miss Muffet —who is afraid of spiders

    Curly Locks — who wants to wed a title
    Red Riding Hood — who is devoted to her grandmother

    The Brown Bear

    The Giant Spider

    The Master Toymaker — who designs the toys of the world

    Grumio —apprentice at The Master Toymaker’s workshop

    Inspector Marmaduke — of the Toyland Police

  • BABES IN TOYLAND was first shown at the Grand Opera House in Chicago in June, 1903, before it moved on to Broadway for its October 13 opening at the Majestic Theatre, where it played for 192 performances. The show returned to Broadway already in 1905, and it has been revived there several times. Although many versions with interpolated numbers existed during the initial productions of the show, this version is the only one sanctioned for stock and amateur performance by its composer, Victor Herbert.

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    Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance
    Footlite Musicals, Inc. INDIANAPOLIS, IN 11/20/2015 12/13/2015