& Son is the epic account of the most powerful rebellion in history,
the greatest love story in the universe, and the most daring rescue plan
The unique fusion of movement, drama and mime, combined with colorful
costumes, and a dynamic original soundtrack by Vince Corozine, make this
allegory an unforgettable experience.
Long ago in a distant galaxy, lived a toymaker and his son. Of all their
special creations, one stood out above the rest. His startling appearance
and amazing powers destined him for greatness. He became the toymakers
apprentice. However, one day pride welled up within the apprentice. He
rebelled and led a plot to replace the toymaker and his son.
Deeply saddened, the toymaker and his son had no option but to ban the
rebels from the toyshop. As the apprentice brooded over his defeat and
subsequent punishment, bitterness gave birth to a terrible thirst for
revenge. Meanwhile, the toymaker and his son had decided to make a new
kind of toy.
These toys would not be puppets or robots that had to be controlled.
They would have the ability to move on their own and decide things for
But first, a home would have to be made for them. When Toyland
was completed, the toymaker and his son excitedly began to construct these
very special toys that they would grow to love so much.
The toymaker and his son showed the first of these toys all the things
they had made for them to enjoy. The toymaker and his son loved these
toys, and they had many happy times together. But, one day, the evil apprentice
made a surprise visit to Toyland, with a plan to disrupt this special
It happened suddenly. Tricked by the lies of the apprentice, the toys
now rebelled against the toymaker and his son. Instantly Toyland changed.
There was a coldness in the air. The toys felt remote and lost. For the
first time they were afraid.
A huge barrier now appeared that separated the toys from
the toymaker and his son. Toyland had become Sorrowland, and
the evil apprentice gloated.
In order to distract the toys from their real plight, the apprentice
organized a wild party with special gifts for all. The party was turning
into a fiasco when suddenly the Teds arrived from another
part of Sorrowland. Violent and cruel, they forced their will on the other
Life could not have been worse. The toys hated the cruel Teds who now
ruled over them, and many longed for the Toymaker and his son to rescue
them from the misery of Sorrowland, and bring back Toyland again.
The toymaker and his son were brokenhearted because they still loved
the rebellious toys who were now held in the power of the evil apprentice.
In their grief and sorrow they began to shape a daring rescue plan. The
toymakers son would become a toy and go to live with the toys in
Sorrowland. He would break the power of the evil apprentice and set the
toys free. For the plan to succeed, the cost would be high. The toys would
reject the toymakers son, bind his broken body to the barrier, and
leave him there to experience a lonely and painful death.
When the toymakers son was born into Sorrowland, there were those
who knew that something special had happened. But few realized that Operation
Toy Rescue was about to begin. The toymakers son told the
toys that the toymaker still loved them, despite their rebellious ways.
He demonstrated this great love for the toys when he fixed those that
were broken. He was able to mend them, because he had made the toys himself.
The toymakers son told them that he was the doorway through the
barrier that separated them from the toymaker. There were those among
the toys who were angered and offended by this, so they plotted to get
rid of him. He was brought to trial before Big Ted, and sentenced
to death. His crushed and broken body became a part of the barrier, in
order to make a way through it for the toys. Hope gave way to despair.
Was the apprentice more powerful than the toymaker?
Would the cruel Teds be dictators forever? Would the Barrier ever be
destroyed? Could Sorrowland become Toyland again?
Just when some of the toys were beginning to believe they would separated
from the toymaker forever, a remarkable thing happened. The broken and
lifeless body of the toymakers son came back to life.
Where he had been attached to the barrier, there was now a gaping hole.
The toymakers son had made a way of escape. As he had told them,
he was the doorway through the barrier. The toys could now be reunited
with the toymaker again.
The rescue plan had succeeded. The evil apprentice was defeated. The
toys continued to live in Sorrowland. However, many discovered the secret
that Toyland was being restored againas they walked and talked with
the toymaker and his son.
Copyright 1978. Colin Harbinson. Not to be reproduced in any form without
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