The pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, presented by the Stargazers Drama Group, has been entered into the Derby Amateur Theatre Awards competition. Director Ray Rippingale said: “Stargazers has been providing panto for the people of Horsley, Kilburn, Denby and Horsley Woodhouse for nearly 30 years but this is the first time we have plucked up courage to enter.” The production opens tonight (Thursday February 18) at the Church Hall, Horsley Woodhouse.
Dave Evans, Stargazers’ stage manager, added: “This year we have been more ambitious than ever with our special effects, and the script by Simon Kay gives us a great mix of panto favourites like Daisy the cow, magic beans and a ghastly animated giant.”
The title role is taken by Georgia Bonser, cpmplemented by a newcomer Rebekah Williams as Princess Jill.
Their tuneful romance is thwarted initially by the evil giant Kronos and his scheming accomplice Bella Donna played by Layla Cole.
Bella is helped with rare incompetence by her assistant Fleshcreep, played by Kat Wilson.
Luckily the good citizens of Woodhouse-in-the-Dale are protected by the scatty Fairy Sprout (Lydia Morley) and somehow the local village teacher, Sarah Trot (Ray Rippingale) and her foolish son Simon (Morgan Bennett) get the better of Kronos despite the best efforts of a scary ghost (Rubie Robinson).
King Truffle played by Seth Cole and Queen Blancmange (Paige Bennett) prove to be powerless against the forces of evil, but the good people of Woodhouse, played by Katelyn Armstrong, Tristan Askew, Chanelle Zielinska, Jed Bennett and Ellie Doherty live happily ever after alongside Daisy the village cow (Emily Conheeney and Lizzie Booth).
The whole show is woven together by the storyteller, Megan Swift.
The Stargazers production of Jack and the Beanstalk opens on Thursday 18 February at the Church Hall, Horsley Woodhouse until Saturday 20 February.
Evening performances start at 7.15pm with an additional 3pm matinee on the Saturday. Tickets are £4 and £2.50 on the door.