"Babes in Toyland" performed by American Family Theater, Inc.



1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Sunday, December 18, 2011
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

Image: Babes in ToylandBeginning with the gentle strokes of a music box, "Babes in Toyland" invites audiences to cross a magical border into a land filled with wonderful toys and delicious treats. It's a fairy tale place where everyone is always happy, and the enchanting Goody GumDrop Tree grows. "Babes in Toyland" brings to life Jack and Jill, the Toy Soldiers and all the "girl and boyland" friends who share adventures in Toyland and the Magic Forest in a contemporary adaptation of this captiviating childhood tale. Presented by American Family Theater, this holiday classic comes to life on stage at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Sunday, December 18, 2011. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 children.

Performed by American Family Theater, "Babes in Toyland" begins with fairy tale characters Alan, Mary, Widow Piper, Jack, Jill and Barnaby, slowly, one-by-one coming to life on stage and telling their story through dance in an entertaining opening sequence. Featuring songs that were introduced in Victor Herbert's 1903 original, including "The March of the Toys," "Toyland," and "I Can't Do The Sum," the current production also includes several new songs by award-winning playwright and composer, Don Kersey. Special lighting effects enhance the glittering sets that feature unique movable modules portraying the Magic Forest, Toyland and the Widow Piper's House. "Babes in Toyland" is filled with unforgettable music and sparkling talent, brimming with humor and heart, as audiences young and old follow the adventurous tale, from Pipervile and Widow Piper's garden through the woods and into the magical Toyland,

American Family Theater is considered one of the nation's premiere producers of musicals for families and young audiences, performing at over 300 venues each year. Its award-winning productions reflect a critically acclaimed commitment to full-scale presentations that involve the skills, talent and creativity of outstanding directors, designers, composers, performers and technical personnel. American Family Theater captures the spirit of timeless classics, providing the excitement and magic found only in the live-on-stage experience.

Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.fairfield.edu/quick.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit www.fairfield.edu/quick.

Bookmark and Share

Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on November 22, 2011

Vol. 44, No. 128