(yes, this is a shameless plug)
By: Lady LaFay and Duchess Sweetbriar
We recently had a look-in at a Jack and the Beanstalk rehearsal and would like to share with you our entertaining experiences. The first thing that caught our attention – aside from the size of the giant – was the set. A visually mesmerizing world is created on the stage and you find yourself caught up in the magic. By the way, did we mention the giant is, well, gi-normous? Add to the fantastic set the vibrant costumes and spectacular props, and you will be sucked in before the cast even utters a word.
Bringing the story to life is Mike “Wolfie” Novakovich as Jack, the naive, kind-hearted dreamer, his melodramatic mother, played by Andrea Klinefelter, Jim “9 Miles” Walters as the shifty salesman Harold H. Fairdeal, Laura “Huh?” Tiemens tackles the role of Clarabelle the Cow, marking her first endeavor portraying a mammal on stage, which she moo-nages like a pro. The “cast in the sky” includes Crystal Johnson as Eggberta, the sassy golden egg laying goose, Andrew Malone as Brumehilde the Magic Harp who gives Pavaratti a run for his money, and the lovely couple Chuck “Tall Drink of Water” Lewis and Ashley Corbett as Tyrone the giant, and his wife, Tilly. As you will see when these two share the stage, opposites do truly attract.
Don’t be fooled by the genre. Although Jack and the Beanstalk is a childrens’ show, there is humor for young and old. Our attempts at quietly observing the rehearsal failed miserably as we watched Harold drag Clarabelle off the stage. We were unable to stop laughing until the director Ellie “The Instigator” Shunko called for the end of rehearsal. Making her first run as Stage Manager is Rochelle “The Artist Formerly Known As Prop Mistress” Walters, and kudos to her on a job most well done!
A warning to asthmatics, this show is funny, you will need your inhalers, we sure did. So, bring your kids, bring your friends, bring your neighbors, bring your mother-in-law (she could use a good laugh) and come and see Jack and the Beanstalk. And remember, no food or drink in the nice new theatre (it will come out of your nose).
Fri, August 19, 2005 at 9:45am & 11:30am
Sat, August 20 & 27, 2005 at 11:00am & 2:00pm
Per Person: $4.00
Groups of 25-49: $3.00
Groups of 50-75: $2.50
Groups of 76 & up: $2.00
Call (708) 210-5741
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