NUREMBERG - The Nuremberg Community Players will be holding open auditions to all ages for their holiday production, “Babes In Toyland”, by R.J. Ryland. Auditions will be held at the home of the Nuremberg Community Players, 283 Hazle Street.
Auditions will be September 4th, 5th, and 6th from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Shows will be presented on Saturday & Sunday, December 8th and 9th at 2pm.
Rehearsals will be 2 days a week in September and October, 3 days a week in November, and December will be tech until the performances starts. This show has no dancing or singing and is not a musical.
The Players are trying something new for this show. Parents are invited to perform on stage with their children. The show requires a large cast: 15 males, 15 females, and many non-speaking roles, and there are no age limits.
The cartoon-like humor in this children’s melodrama takes us to Mother Goose Land and Toyland. Our heroine is Mistress Mary Quite Contrary, who has her heart set on marrying the heroic Alan. But Alan’s uncle, the villainous Barnaby, is set on marrying her himself, threatening foreclosure on her mother if she refuses. Mary escapes to the mysterious Toyland through the dangerous Spider Forest, where Alan finds and saves her. Barnaby pursues Mary and Alan to Toyland, bringing the whole gang of Mother Goose Land characters with him. There we encounter the magical mystery of Toyland as we meet the Master Toymaker and his quirky assistants Grumio and Marmaduke. When Barnaby gets his hands on the Master Toymaker’s machine and creates a toy soldier army, it seems all is lost. In an exciting climax, all the Toyland and Mother Goose Land characters work together to foil his plans and set everything right again.
The cast is comprised of the following characters:
WIDOW PIPER - poor widow supporting fourteen children (44 lines)
MISTRESS MARY - Widow Piper’s quite contrary daughter (109 lines)
ALAN - in love with Mistress Mary and heir to a small fortune (65 lines)
BARNABY - Alan’s uncle; an endearingly wicked villain with a heart of ash (149 lines) GONZORGO - sea-going rufﬁan and Barnaby’s assistant (79 lines)
RODERIGO - Gonzorgo’s simple-minded partner (58 lines)
TOM - the Piper’s son; Mistress Mary’s brother (17 lines)
BO PEEP - lost her sheep (16 lines)
MISS MUFFET - sat on a tuffet (11 lines)
MARY - had a little lamb (22 lines)
BOY BLUE blows a horn (3 lines)
BETTY BLUE - lost her holiday shoe (4 lines)
JACK BE NIMBLE - very quick (3 lines)
PETER - pumpkin eater (1 line)
JACK HORNER - sells plum pie (5 lines)
GOLDILOCKS - in the porridge business (4 lines)
JACK - went up the hill (12 lines)
JILL - needed to fetch a pail of water (11 lines)
RED RIDING HOOD - fears the big, bad Barnaby (3 lines)
GYPSY LADIES (at least 4) - help Alan (nonspeaking)
MASTER TOYMAKER - Toyland’s top businessman (33 lines)
GRUMIO – Toymaker’s long-winded apprentice (47 lines)
INSPECTOR MARMADUKE - large-nosed Toyland policeman (21 lines)
Extras and other nonspeaking roles include Spiders, Dolls, Toy Soldiers, and Elves.
Those auditioning should be prepared to read from the script. Young children, not yet reading, should prepare a short poem or passage to recite. Anyone interested in auditioning for the show or anyone willing to help with the production in any way is encouraged to attend. Please contact the director, Suzanne Croll at 570-384-4608 or at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for further information.