The RAPA Family Theatre aims to immerse audiences in the familiar-yet-fantastical world of nursery rhymes with an annual production of "Babes in Toyland." This debut show is presented at the new Kodak Center for Performing Arts (200 Ridge Road West) through Sunday, December 14.
When Barnaby, the miser of Mother Goose Village, threatens to foreclose the mortgage on the Old Woman's Shoe, her children brave the dangers of the Haunted Forest as they journey to Toyland to ask the Master Toymaker for help. But when they finally arrive, they find that the Master Toymaker has troubles of his own which may cancel Christmas in Toyland.
RAPA Family Theatre's fresh, new version of "Babes in Toyland" is drawn from an updated book and lyrics by Ken Holamon, and is directed Danny Hoskins. The production includes a cast of 21 adult actors and a core group of 19 youth actors.
Performances continue Friday, December 12, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 13, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, December 14, at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $28 to $40, and may be purchased online at kodakcenter.org or by calling 325-3366.