Panto stars climbing high with Jack and the Beanstalk

Tuesday, 4th December, 2018 11:39am

Panto stars climbing high with Jack and the Beanstalk

Niamh Gilmartin, Shane Barkey, Sarah Nally, James Elliffe and Jes Steward are The Cops. This year’s run opens on Wednesday December 5.

Oh no it’s not, oh yes it is... It’s panto time once again in Mullingar Arts Centre!

Jack and the Beanstalk will run for 18 performances this Christmas, and the run is expected to be sold out before opening night, Wednesday December 5.

This year’s tale is set in the mountainous land of Aldovia, where lived the Widow McDonald and her son Jack. Her husband, Old McDonald, had died some years previously, leaving the Widow and Jack to run the farm.

The people of Aldovia were hard-working and enjoyed a happy life in their beautiful Kingdom – unlike their neighbours from Zubrovka.

A dark ominous cloud hung over Zubrovka, as many of their children were kidnapped by the evil pair, Baron and Baroness Dread, who were leaders of the Alusians from Pandora, an evil race of monster-like creatures who kidnap children and put them to work mining the rare element – Humanium – which gives the Alusians a human appearance.

Oblivious to all of this, Jack, and his twin Jill, and their little siblings Hansel and Gretel together with all the people of Aldovia were busy preparing for Christmas.

This year’s show promises jaw-dropping sets, costumes that will be a feast for the eyes and iconic musical numbers.

The panto stars a local cast. Shane Bardon returns as the dame, Widow McDonald. Jack will be played by Greg Dunne, Jill by Sara Jane Mangan, the silly police officers by Sarah Nally, Shane Barkey, Niamh Gilmartin, James Elliffe and Jess Steward. Aerweyna the fairy is played by Ailbhe Mulvihill, the baddies Baron Dred and Baroness Dred will be played by John Daly and Siobhan Moore, their minions will be played by Natasha Dunne and Ray Purcell. Hansel and Gretel will be played jointly by Shane King, Emma King, Aidan Tuite and Emma Hynes. The Harp will be played by Claire Gilmartin and ensemble members include Clare Egan, Gillian McGurran, The Celtic Blondes, Sarah Corrigan, Robyn Byrne, Deborah Stenson, Molly Monaghan and Rachel Thompson.

The production will also include many of the talented students from Mullingar Arts Centre’s Junior, Senior and Rural Students as the trapped mining children!

Jack and the Beanstalk, at Mullingar Arts Centre: Wednesday December 5 to Sunday 9, Wednesday December 12 to Sunday 16, and Tuesday December 18 to Saturday 22. Times vary. Call 044 9347777; see mullingarartscentre.ie.

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