Theatre Bristol announces the upcoming production and cast of the giant fairy tale classic coming to the ARTspace stage April 1-10, “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk,” under the direction of Cindi Brooks. The show features a cast from around the region, and tickets are on sale at theatrebristol.org/jack.
In this take on the Jack tale, it’s “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk,” and Linda Daugherty’s comedy includes Jack and the proverbial giant, but there is also the giant’s overworked, over-wrought wife, an aria-singing harp, a golden-egg-laying chicken with performance anxiety and a blue-eyed stranger who looks surprisingly like Jack’s long-lost father. Naturally, there’s the village at the foot of the beanstalk and the giant’s home in the sky, but there is also, 10 years earlier, a sailing ship caught in a storm off the coast of Pago Pago (“or was it Bora Bora”?) with its blue-eyed master pulled mysteriously from the wreckage by a giant hand. Certainly, there’s Jack’s distressed mother and the peddler who sells Jack the magic beans, but there is also the peddler’s story of having bought the beans from a blue-eyed stranger; the Ladies Plum and Pomegranate, who provide the comic relief in Jack’s village; and Jack’s pals, including a rough and ready tomboy named Adelaid. Without a doubt, there’s the giant’s “fe, fi, fo, fum,” but there is also his wife’s rhyming collection of “bigness” puns. Expect the familiar ingredients in the mix, plus much more, and with fresh and witty dialogue in this “Jack and the Beanstalk” version.
Running weekends April 1-10, showtimes for “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk” are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and are available at www.Theatre Bristol.org or at the door. For information on school shows, contact email@example.com.