Motlow Children’s Theatre Class presents “Babes in Toyland” public performance Nov. 30

 The Motlow State Community College children’s theater class is performing “Babes in Toyland” from Nov. 14 through Nov. 30 at Power’s Auditorium in Eoff Hall on the Moore County campus. With as many as three shows a day, thousands of area elementary students have been delighted over the last two weeks. The public performance will be Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:00 p.m., with a reception at 6:00 p.m. Pictured, soldiers back row from left, Jennifer Mills, Andrew Johnson, and Sarah Clarneau. Front row from left, Jachlyne Dobbs, Je'Juan Henderson, Addison Womack, Colton Hargrove, Tyler Plumley, Bethany Watkins, Dave Crutcher, Connie, Dodson, Olivia Beavers, Brian Vrailas, Buffy Davis, and Anna Campbell. Motlow photo.

The Motlow State Community College children’s theater class is performing “Babes in Toyland” from Nov. 14 through Nov. 30 at Power’s Auditorium in Eoff Hall on the Moore County campus. With as many as three shows a day, thousands of area elementary students have been delighted over the last two weeks. The public performance will be Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:00 p.m., with a reception at 6:00 p.m. Pictured, soldiers back row from left, Jennifer Mills, Andrew Johnson, and Sarah Clarneau. Front row from left, Jachlyne Dobbs, Je'Juan Henderson, Addison Womack, Colton Hargrove, Tyler Plumley, Bethany Watkins, Dave Crutcher, Connie, Dodson, Olivia Beavers, Brian Vrailas, Buffy Davis, and Anna Campbell. Motlow photo.

The Motlow State Community College children’s theatre class will present the public performance of “Babes in Toyland” on Friday, Nov. 30m inside Powers Auditorium in Eoff Hall on the Moore County campus.

Show time is set for 7:00 p.m., with a reception at 6:00 p.m. There is no admission charge, but reservations are highly recommended. To reserve your seats please call 931-393-1709.

To the delight of thousands of elementary school children from the College’s 11-county service area, the all-Motlow student cast performed as many as three shows per day over the last two weeks. Directed by Emily Seal, Motlow associate professor of speech and theatre, the production is one of many cultural events scheduled each year on Motlow’s four campuses, with most being free to the public.

The villainous Barnaby has fallen in love with sweet Mistress Mary Quite Contrary. Unable to buy Mary’s love, Barnaby plans to force her to marry him by threatening to foreclose on her mother, the poor Widow Piper. Mary already has her heart set on marrying Barnaby’s nephew Alan — but not if Barnaby can help it! He hires two bumbling ruffians to do away with Alan, who returns to Mother Goose Land amidst much rejoicing.

Mary journeys to the mysterious Toyland through the dangerous Spider Forest. Barnaby, however, not giving up, herds the whole gang of Mother Goose Land characters to Toyland in pursuit of Mary. There they encounter the magical mystery of Toyland and meet the Master Toymaker and his quirky assistants, Grumio and Marmaduke.

The cast: Mistress Mary, Bethany Watkins; Alan, Tyler Plumley; Barnaby, Dave Crutcher; Roderigo, Colton Hargroves; Gonzorgo, Addison Womack; Widow Piper, Anna Campbell; Little Bo Peep, Olivia Beavers; Mary Had a Little Lamb, Buffy Davis; Tom Tom the Piper’s Son, Bryan Vrailes; Spider/Gypsy/Soldier, Sarah Clarneau; Little Miss Muffet/Ballerina Toy, Connie Dodson; Master Toymaker/Gypsy, JeJuan Henderson; Grumio/Gypsy, Jachlyne Dobbs; Marmaduke/Jill, Brianna Blankenship; Jack/Soldier, Andrew Johnson; and Soldier, Jennifer Mills.

The production crew: Director/Light Board Operator/Co-Costumer/, Emily Seal; Musical Director/Pianist/Co-Costumer, Teresa Brown; Set Design/Construction, Kurt Krause; Lighting Designer, Dave Crutcher; Sound Designer/Sound Board Operator, Erik Petersen; Choreographer Connie Dodson; a House Manager, Christopher Smith; Ticketing, Bobbie Spratlin; Producer, Sid Hill; Ushers, Brenda Swift, Motlow athletes, and Motlow facilities staff.

To view a gallery of photos from the play, and cast and crew portraits, go to photos.mscc.edu/Babes-in-Toyland/.

For more information, or to make a reservation, contact Bobbie Spratlin at bspratlin@mssc.edu or call 931-393-1709.