Theatre Kelowna Society (TKS) is excited to bring back a traditional English pantomime as their 2016 Christmas show.
Jack and the Beanstalk, a Paddy Malcolm English adaptation, has a little of everything for today's family. There is a villain, a magical chicken, a strange little magic dude, castles, singing and dancing animals, a village full of people, and of course a giant. Audiences will be encouraged to sing along and help make the magic happen. It takes a village to make gardens grow, even if it is just full of beans. If you don't know Jack, this is a must see.
Jack and the Beanstalk, will be directed by Christine Daley (Cinderella and the Silver Twig 2013). Ms. Daley is working diligently, adapting the original Paddy Malcolm English script, adding her own bit of â€œmagicâ€ and getting to know Jack. She is excited to renew old TKS friendships and maybe discover new 'Jacks' along the way. Once again 'casts of thousands' may be involved. As director, Christine believes the more the merrier. â€œMagic,â€she says, â€œtakes a lot of believers.â€
Pantomimes are generally bright, bold, full of puns, with light-hearted tomfoolery and tons of spell-binding magical moments to keep audiences of all ages entranced. The modern tale of Jack surfaced in 1734 and many renditions have been performed world wide. It has been made into movies and has also found its way to comic book racks. This Jack and the Beanstalk still follows the original storyline. Jack, is a bit of an architect and a â€œJack of all Tradesâ€ in this story, always happy to help around the orphanage run by Widow Goodheavens and her son/daughter.
Jack and the Beanstalk will start up its rehearsals and massive set building the first week of September 2016 with show dates from November 23 to November 27 at the Kelowna Community Theatre.