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Camp Rhythmo's "BABES IN TOYLAND" musical

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Parker Hall

3355 Macarthur Road

Whitehall, PA 18052

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Mother Goose Land is all astir over the rivalry between miserly, mean-hearted Uncle Barnaby and young, handsome, gentle Alan for the love of Mistress Mary Quite Contrary. Getting in the act are Jack and Jill, Little Bo Peep, and as many other Mother Goose characters as the director wants to use, along with Barnaby's clownish hit men, Roderigo and Gonzorgo. Trying to escape, Alan and Mary have to pass through the dangerous Spider's Forest. Even in Toyland they are not safe, and the fast action and beautiful music continue.

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ON January 21, 1903, there was produced on Broadway The Wizard of Oz, a musical fantasy for children. In Babes in Toyland, Victor Herbert and his librettist made a studied attempt to write another Wizard of Oz and capitalize on its giant success. Thus they hit on the idea of using Toyland as a setting. Though imitations are usually faded carbon copies of the original, soon forgotten, Babes in Toyland turned out to be a triumph in its own right, and a childhood classic in the company of Peter Pan.

The impact Babes in Toyland had upon the mature as well as the very young in 1903 is perhaps best revealed by the reaction of one of America's most trenchant music and drama critics, James Gibbons Huneker. He wrote in the Sun: "The songs, the dances, the processions, the fairies, the toys, the spiders, and the bears! Think of them all, set in the midst of really amazing scenery, ingenious and brilliant, surrounded with light effects with counterfeit all sorts of things from simple lightning to the spinning of a great spider's web, with costumes rich and dazzling as well as tasteful, and all accompanied with music a hundred times better than is customary in shows of this sort. What more could the spirit of mortal desire?"

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