Inspired by Victor Herbert’s classic operetta, Babes in Toyland wraps three realms in one story where toy-making elves, evil plot-twisting villains, and singing nursery rhyme characters all live not-so-harmoniously.
Margaret Carr, a junior at Central High School plays Mistress Mary. Carr said her character is seen as a stereotypical “damsel in distress” – but she’s not.
“She’s the complete opposite of what everyone expects her to be and really has everyone wrapped around her finger,” said Carr.
Carr said the show is catered more towards children, but it has a hidden message for adults as well: don’t grow sinister and uncaring with age.
“We need to keep that spark of innocence and curiosity within all of us,” said Carr.
Carr added that Babes in Toyland is not a well-known show, so it has allowed the cast and artistic staff to create their own unique ideas.
“It really makes everyone step outside of the box and use their own imagination,” said Carr.
Sam Allen, a junior at Northridge High School, plays Mistress Mary’s love-interest, Alan, in the production. Like Carr, Allen said this lighthearted show sends a hidden message of innocence and morality.
“The characters hold onto their pure morals even at their lowest points,” said Allen.
Allen had high praise for the show’s director, Grace Conner.
“She makes sure that we are comfortable with our character and she pushes us to portray them with the best of our ability,” said Allen. “She tries to make every decision with our opinions in mind.”
Conner started with TCT at the age of 5 as a young performer and is now making her directing debut with the organization.
“It’s been great coming back to a company that has always been in my life,” said Conner.
Conner said with the lack of other productions to gain inspiration from, she and the cast have been able to be super creative.
“It’s been amazing seeing the cast come up with backstories that really help bring the character to life,” said Conner. “There is not a Broadway performance to base their characters off of, so they really get to make the character their own.”