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Jack and the Beanstalk receives grand reception

Kyabram P-12 College's show a hit with the town.

May 8, 2014 3:53pm

The main cast search the audience for spies.


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Kyabram P-12 College’s production pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk filled the Plaza Theatre with smiles and laughter last week.

Director Vivienne Thomas said the senior performance was a hit with young and old alike, with healthy ticket sales and people commenting how much they enjoyed the event and wanting more.

After three months of rehearsals and set building, the back stage, musicians and cast came together successfully under the roof of the beautiful Plaza Theatre.

The cast was made up of students from Years 7 to 12 who developed the Grimm Brothers fairytale.

Ms Thomas said she had received many positive comments for all lead actors who kept the children entranced as they cast magic spells using beans and interesting inventions the playwrights Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy developed.

The leads Jack (Brandon Sprague) and his mother (Olivia Partridge) had the traditional section of the story sewn up exploring poverty and adventure.

The Baron (Connor Deakin) used his experience and cunning talent to entice Jack into giving up that fabulous cow for the beans, which led to all the excitement for the tuneful singing Giant (Tim Richards) and his entertaining assistants (David O’Brien and Claudia Appel).

Musical brother and sister Cointha and Daniel Walkeden complemented the team with their musical ability and quirky, fun performances of the Harp and the Golden Goose.

Ms Thomas said it was particularly fun to hear the children joining in with the drama students who led the improvised audience participation.

‘‘Children called out solutions for the characters during the show, much to the delight of the rest of the audience,’’ she said.

 

The chorus team were a delight in their colourful costumes collated by volunteers Kylie Nicol, Trish Deakin and Eileen McNeilly.

‘‘The performance skills of students during the rehearsal period of Jack and the Beanstalk were certainly extended and shown in the night performances,’’ trainee director Fern Frizzell said.

‘‘The VCE students took a lead not only in their characters, but in guiding the younger chorus members to challenge their own acting skills.

‘‘It was noticeable during dances and singing parts of the production that students took the initiative and wanted to learn their parts when it came down to the production week.’’

The vibrant scenery and props were organised by a team of creative volunteers including Greg Dunn, Christine Anderson, Chris Marr and Belinda Goff led by Sue Meeking, who said she was grateful for the generous community spirit that came with projects such as school productions.

A backstage team of students and teachers, such as Kim Morrison and Charles Njock, working together were successful not only in enabling a mostly seamless performance but in allowing the students to experience the benefits of solid teamwork and productive work ethic which are skills for life.

The band, led by popular music teacher, Peter Arnold, brought live music to the production bringing the story to life in a way unique to theatre and special for the audience.

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