Panto season is almost here at South Hill ParkBy Caroline Cook
November 22, 2012
Jack and the Beanstalk
Saturday, December 1, to Saturday, December 5
South Hill Park, Bracknell
(01344) 484 123
The panto season is almost upon us – oh yes it is! – and the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk are getting ready for opening night.
The stars of this year’s pantomime have been tuning their voices and rehearsing their lines ready for their first performance in just over a week.
The panto promises to be a colourful caper, with puppets, songs and a little bit of magic. Actor David Blackwell, who is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, steps into the shoes of Jack, who finds himself face to face with a giant after buying some magic beans and climbing a beanstalk.
He will be joined on stage by East 15 Acting School graduate Francesca Eve as Jill and director Julian Hirst, who will be doubling up as Old Ma Donald.
“South Hill Park has always had a unique take on pantomime in that we tend to be a little bit more theatre and less celebrity,” says Julian.
“My background is as a children’s entertainer. I have done old time musicals and something I want to do this year is bring in those elements.”
A team of 29 young actors from around Bracknell, Ascot, Wokingham and Reading will also be appearing in the show, with pupils from The Hawthorns Primary School, The Emmbrook School, Sandy Lane School, Charters School and Brakenhale School taking part.
For the first time, the pantomime is also being streamed live to children’s hospices, hospital wards and respite care homes, on Thursday, December 13.
Tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk start at £17 for adults, £14 for concessions and £56 for families. To book, call the box office on (01344) 484 123.