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Jack and the Beanstalk star

A pantomime by Peter Webster
Friday 25 January 2013 - Saturday 26 January 2013
& Friday 1 February 2013 - Saturday 2 February 2013
Faringdon Junior School, 26 Gloucester Street, Faringdon SN7 7HY
Directed by Peter Webster
Producer: Sandra Keen
Musical Director: Debra Warner

Performances start 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes earlier. Each performance lasts approximately 2½ hours. Matinées on Saturdays only.
Tickets: Adult £8. Child (under 16) £6. No concessions. Tickets were available from our Online Box Office and The Nut Tree, 2 Cornmarket, Faringdon.

star Winner of the Oxfordshire Drama Network Pantomime Competition 2013

Dolly and her son, Jack, cannot compete with Farmer Fussbudget when it comes to business and worse still, he is their landlord. They have no money to pay the rent and are down to one cow – Magnesia. They have no option but to sell her to raise some money or they face being evicted. Jack and Fussbudget’s daughter Florence plan to marry but at present this is out of the question, due to lack of cash and Fussbudget’s objection to Jack.

Jack is given the job of taking Magnesia to market and making the sale. On the way he meets Wiseacre the magician who persuades Jack to swop Magnesia for a bag of magic beans. This does not go down well when Jack gets home, confirming everyone’s low opinion of Jack, and provoking Dolly to throw the beans away.

In the meantime we have met the Ogre who is wondering why there is not more meaning in his life; his unwilling servants suggest that marriage might be the answer – but to whom is the unanswered question.

Of course, the beanstalk grows, but before it is to be chopped down Florence climbs it being the adventurous one. All she finds at the top of the beanstalk is the Ogre’s lair; she is captured by Drudge and Dogsbody, the Ogre’s henchmen, and taken to him. The Ogre sees her as his bride, but Florence refuses and is left under guard by Drudge and Dogsbody to consider her options, which don’t look good. In the meantime Jack has plucked up his courage to go and look for her. He tricks Drudge and Dogsbody into letting her go and she and Jack escape back down the beanstalk.

Having got back to earth, Jack resolves to return to the Ogre’s lair to steal the Ogre’s gold and also to do the right thing in freeing the Ogre’s servants and the hen and chicks. But first he determines to buy back Magnesia and to recruit Wiseacre to the cause.

The rest deals with the rescue and what happens when the Ogre pursues them back down the beanstalk. Of course, all ends happily.

To read more or purchase the script visit the PetePanto.co.uk website.

This version of Jack and the Beanstalk was originally produced by FDS in 1988.

More info? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_and_the_Beanstalk

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Photographs by Paul Mountford-Lister

Cast (in order of appearance):

Dolly Dainty (owner of the dairy) - Joan Lee
Jack (her son) - Suzanna Carter
Magnesia (a cow ) - Debbie Lock; Katie Dyet
Farmer Fussbudget (Dolly’s landlord) - Gary Field
Florence Fussbudget (his daughter) - Andrea Smith
The Ogre - Duncan Sinclair
Wiseacre (a wizard) - Richard Palacio
Drudge (assistant to the Ogre) - Helen Thrower
Dogsbody (another assistant) - Verity Roberts
The Hen (who lays golden eggs) - Jo Webster
Honesty (Ogre’s slave) - Lottie Allum
Hugo (another slave) - Benjamin Gee
Max (yet another slave) - Matthew Warner
Rose - Olivia Byers
Lizzie - Courtney Goodwin-Diliberto
Sprites - Holly Carlisle; Lottie Carlisle; Ellie Hickman; Imogen Hunt; Caitlin Nicholls; Molly Westall
Ogre’s Servants - Jacob Jackson; William Lewis; Leo McGurk; Ebony McIntyre; Nathaniel Mullan; Chloe Wright
Chicks - Dominic Allum; Joseph Armer; Luke McIntyre; Leo Thrower
Chorus - Becky Arlott; Kayleigh Booth; Katie Goodwin; Jayne Isham; Peter McGurk; Jake Nicholls; Loren Nicholls; Emma Riddle; Carole Tappenden; Samuel Tate; Amy Thomas
Orchestra: Clarinet - Seb Allum
Flute / Saxophone - Martha Kiff
Guitar - Richard Lock
Drums - Alex Warner
Piano - Debra Warner
Bass - Martin Waymark

See programme for further details.

Production No.172 (6 shows were performed over 4 days).