Touchwood presented the traditional pantomime of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ but added some of their own twists on the story.
Touchwood’s version of Jack and the Beanstalk featured some slightly unusual characters. The traditional pantomime fairy was a Vegetable Fairy played by Liz Fedrick whose flora related rhymes were very amusing.
The hero of the story, Jack (Lauren Gordon) engaged the audience and carried the part excellently. Jack’s brother, Silly Billy (Simon Uff) lived up to his name. His performance of ‘Always Look on The Bright Side of Life’ suited his character. The audience tunefully whistled along.
Jack, Billy and their Mum, Dame Trot (David Bailey) owned Daisy the Cow (Jane Hooper and Jo Venn). Dame Trot and Daisy the Cow had a dance off and although Dame Trot had some groovy moves, her four legged friend was even more impressive. The co-ordination between the front and back end of Daisy was excellent.
Once the characters had climbed the beanstalk they discovered a dragon. The villagers need not have been scared of the dragon who was sweet and shy. The children and Jack sang ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’ with a brilliant solo performed by Summer Nelson. Her beautiful voice carried all the way to the back of the theatre.
Next they met Giant Blunderbore (Phil Screech) and his wife (Janet Robson). Mrs Blunderbore’s comedic timing was spot on. Her evil cackle was hilarious. Well done to the props department for bringing the giant to the stage. The only problem was the audience liked the giants friendly face so it was rather sad when Jack slayed him.
The entire company kept up a high level of energy throughout. Overall Touchwood had all the ingredients for a night of pantomime magic.