Jack proves a huge hit with audience young and old

December 11, 2008

Over 500 people enjoyed the North West Theatre Company’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

The pantomime again drew an audience from right across the region greatly impressing and entertaining them.

The younger cast members really shone on the weekend completely owning the stage and their roles. Gabbie Brennan, who played the role of Jack’s love interest, Rosie, was poignant and lovely. Shannon McGarrity, Rhiane Conway, Emily Price and Ally Holland-Wright showed great talent and really worked well with crowd participation. ‘It was the best fun, it was great to hear the little kids giggle’, Ally said. Jack’s cow was played by Ellen and Hannah O’Rourke and they proved to be a "mooing" success.

Hannah O’Rourke, Gabby Brennan, Ellen O’Rourke, and in front, Shannon McGarrity were some of the young cast members who made Jack and the Beanstalk a wonderful success.

Maree Warren who played the magical swaggie was fantastic and Glenda Wright, the Moonlady, was serene and calming. Both are seasoned actresses who again had a strong presence on stage.

The Giant again was very scary!! The Advocate has now received credible advice that John Wearne played the gruff and ill tempered monster.

Rick Hutton took on the challenge of playing the Dame well and was a huge hit drawing many laughs.

What made the production though was the incredible script crafted by Mary Woodroofe and her ability to direct. This pantomime was truly unique and incredibly funny. Mary did a remarkable job in lifting Jack up out of our storybooks and onto the magic of the stage.

Overall the pantomime was a massive success and should not be the last pantomime to be produced by the North West Theatre Company.

[Click Here] to read what the Bingara Advocate had to say about the first week’s performances.