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"JACK & THE BEANSTALK"
This is one of my favourite engagements of the year -
It never ceases to amaze me that children from 8 to 13 years can achieve such high
Projection throughout was excellent, with only stand mics being used, so that is a brilliant accomplishment. Many adults could learn a lesson there!
The opening was a great start to the show, lots of bright, smiley faces and good
singing, setting the scene for a fast-
The show was narrated by Kirsty Davison, who looked really lovely in her deep red
dress. She spoke very clearly and kept the action moving along -
I particularly liked the improvement in Amy Farrar's performance, she played Dame Edna with great vigour, loads of expression and good rapport with the audience, a very accomplished performance. Amy was really able to throw herself into the part and showed good all round skills.
I thought the two policemen, Amelia Gravener and Amy Parry did very well, led by
The shop owners, Connie Wiltshire, Morgan Wiltshire & Evie Gormley all created good characters, taking into account their different personas, with Rosie Thompson as Mary, Mary giving an assured performance.
Georgia Lloyd was a very pretty Barbara Allen, and later in Act 2 created a charming Dorothy, showing Jack and his friends the way to the Giant's Lair, via the yellow brick road. This young lady has a very lively face and engaging personality.
Chloe Harkin as Jack, gave us a good strong principal boy, with flair and good singing voice to enhance her character. Jack's friends, played by Amy Walker, Kurt Price, Kieran Newport, Lucy Farrar and Talya Agasee all created good characters, with Kurt as Tommy Tucker showing us a very nice singing voice, whilst Kieran as Simple Simon once again gave us loads of personality and expression.
Lord and Lady MacDonald played by Ben Parks and Maya Robinson, were well cast, they got the essence of the upper class gentry, and Ben accomplished the three cheers element very well.
Ciara Shadlow certainly looked the part of the Fairy Godmother -
Michael Asbury gave us a very good Bobby Shafto, in his cute sailor's outfit, he
really got into the swing of things, whilst William Nicholls and Jay Winn created
funny and full-
Little Bo Peep, Goldilocks, Betty Blue and Elsie Marly were very nicely played by Megan Newns, Summer Harkin, Sighanne Seaton and Millie Parkes, whilst Charlotte Lovelock was an assured Little Miss Muffet.
Emily Harber was the sad Mrs Neredowell, the Giant's Housekeeper, when she sang her song we really got the feeling that she didn't want to be working for the nasty old Giant, and her happiness at being saved by Jack and his friends.
Whilst on their quest to find the Giant, Jack and friends met many characters along the way, Theresa Zammito created a strong Matilda, I enjoyed her song, whilst Bethany Newport really got under the skin of Postman Pat, with her song.
Benjamin Agasee was a super scarecrow -
Nathaniel Edwards created a very good General Tom Thumb, with his military bearing, and again sang well.
And so, to Daffodil the cow -
The sets were good, and I loved the fact that there was an actual Giant -
Costumes were lovely -
Diana Baxter and her trio of Jonathan Mills and Tim Garside, accompanied the cast extremely well, and Diana had worked well with the youngsters to get their singing as good as it could be. I also liked the fact that some more modern music had been incorporated alongside the more traditional numbers.
Pat Seal created simple but effective choreography, that everyone could do -
So, as you can tell, once again I was thrilled to have been a part of the audience for this accomplished and charming pantomime, which had all the traditional elements, and allowed the cast to create characters and interact with each other and the audience.
“JACK AND THE BEANSTALK”
review date: 8tht Feb 2014
Stopsley High School
Produced by Terry Mills
MD: Diana Baxter Choreographer: Pat Seal