The cast on stage for Jack and the Beanstalk. Picture by Peter Boam.
STAGE REVIEW THE New Strolling Players’ production of Jack and the Beanstalk scattered Christmas spirit like magic beans.
Directed by Geoff Kirk and written by Jim Kerr, the opening performance, at Freshwater Memorial Hall, was packed with slapstick, fun, songs and improvisation.
Hayley Richardson, who played Jack, was a giant success and had a towering singing voice.
Megan Thomas, who played Jack’s best friend, Charlie, worked well with Hayley and as a duo they were great to watch.
Double-act Sir Dashing and Sir Daring, played by John Fraser and Brian Steward, were comical and camp, which kept the audience laughing.
Kyle Saunders, who played PC Grabham, had fantastic facial expressions and a scene involving ghosts in the forest was very entertaining.
However, first-night nerves got the better of some of the cast and lines and lyrics were forgotten.
But the show must go on and improvisation was added into the mix, leaving the audience aching with laughter.
The villainous wicked witch Deadly Nightshade, played by Janet Haire, was excellent and, despite forgetting words when singing solo, she continued as if nothing had happened.
The rest of the cast, including Island amateur theatre award winner Phil Selby, were good and the production crew — particularly George King on the keyboard — did a fantastic job at creating a cheerful panto atmosphere.
The home-grown show did its best to entertain and the cast made sure the audience forgot the winter blues and left delighted.