Jack and the Beanstalk – Sutton’s Green Hut Theatre Company

THIS FUN-FILLED family pantomime had all the elements of a traditional panto from start to finish. Jack goes off to seek money to pay his mother’s debts, and encounters the nasty squire, the evil witch and of course the giant!

Jack and the Beanstalk, written by Philip Smith and David Knights, was full of panto tradition from the moment the curtains opened.

Jack – expertly played by Emma-Jayne Waters - falls in love with lovely Jane, played by Roxanne Williams. It was great to see such a quality “duo” – and their musical numbers were delivered with ease.

Philip Smith as Gertrude Trott and Dean Harness as Simon were full of mischief and worked really hard to keep the audience on their toes – they make a great double act, and work really well together.

They both have the audience eating out of the palm of their hands.

There was great support from David Knights as nasty Squire Wentworth, Charlotte Harrison as the ever-so-evil witch, and Tammy Wilson as the good fairy. They all deserved the “boos” and “cheers”.

The “Giant” was very cleverly created – well done Bryan Blackie for keeping upright! An ingenious idea to bring the giant to life.

Well done to Alicia Babolcsay and Olivia Preston as Daisy, the Trott’s faithful cow. Who knew cows could dance? The whole production was well support by a cast of villagers – with some great musical numbers thrown into the mix.

The band, under the musical direction of David Weale, played well. There were some great backing arrangements which complemented the musical numbers.

Sally Holmes, local rep for National Operatic and Dramatic Association