North Coast Repertory Theatre unwraps season with ‘Christmas Toyshop’

After the hassle and stress of Black Friday shopping madness, give the whole family a relaxing treat and head for North Coast Repertory Theatre for the West Coast premiere musical, “The Christmas Toyshop,” written by Mark Pence.

An Evil Toymaker is planning to kidnap Santa Claus and end Christmas once and for all. Described by Director Siobhan Sullivan Crews as a child-friendly “Mel Brooks’ ‘Young Frankenstein’ meets ‘Elf,’” this wild and wacky show is certain to entertain and delight audiences of all ages.

The talented professional cast includes Beverly Baker, who plays Annie, the fall-down floppy doll; Sean Boyd as Bernie (not a typo), the “plushy and purple” (again, not a typo) dinosaur; Benjamin Cole as the Nutcracker, who insists on calling himself Sergeant Spike, Commando Action Figure and a Master of Disguise action figure, and Tatiana Mac as Lavonne, the fabulous fashion doll.

Rounding out the cast are Samantha Wynn Greenstone as Marty; Dana Hooley as the Master Toymaker, and Nicholas Scutti as Santa, who will meet and greet the children after the show. In addition to Sullivan, the production crew includes Desha Crownover, Musical Director; Rachel Landis, Stage Manager; Marty Burnett, Set Design; Deborah Goyette, Costume Designer; and Ryan Ford, Technical Director.

Performances are at 11 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting Nov. 29 to Dec. 24 and two performances Tuesday, Dec. 23 and Wednesday, Dec. 24. Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for children. For information and to buy tickets, call 858-481-1055 or visit Group rates available.

North Coast Repertory Theatre is at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, in Solana Beach.