Portlaoise Pantomime Group will present their 29th annual production “Jack and the Beanstalk” in the Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise from January 19th to January 26th 2013 (incl). and as in previous years, with their reputation for hugely entertaining productions of song dance comedy and laughter for all ages, this year should be no exception.
This year’s story is “Jack and the Beanstalk “ but with a little turn and twist here and there, combined with a few surprises. Directed by Paul Laycock,
with Musical Director Dale Hennessey, Choreographer Denise Donoghue, and a cast of over fifty (including twenty junior chorus) rehearsals are now in full swing for what promises to be a spectacular start to the new year for all panto lovers.
With a superb chorus , senior dancers, and junior dancers, all playing the parts of , courtiers, villagers, peasants, and many more, contributing to the continuity of the actions of all the main characters,who will be introduced by our narrator Anastasia (Vikki Byrne) and will feature as follows, Jack Spratt , (Alex Cathcart) the hero and maybe not so experienced cattle dealer. Ma Spratt (Damien Halpin) the Dame and Jack’s poor oul mammy. Jill (Zeta O’Reilly) the local teacher and Jack’s lovely sweetheart. Baron Bluff (Noel Tuohy) Jill’s kindly dad and slightly failed businessman. Sally (Jayne Louise Kelly) Jill’s best friend. Twink (Ciara Conroy) Jack’s beloved cow. Hale (Christy Bannon ) and Hearty (Rory Chadwick) two local boyos who will do anything for a few euro. Boris Bogov (John McEvoy) a very evil baddie and Mildred (Joan White) his equally evil sidekick. Disco Stu (Paul Kenna) a self loving super hero.
The Giant (PJ Mulhall) a BIG sleepy,hungry fellow with an appetite for Irish(man) stew. Amy (Lynda Byrne) the Giant’s nervous but helpful wife.
As ever Portlaoise Pantomime Group are looking forward to seeing everyone again this year and hope that the audience will enjoy watching as much as they enjoy bringing it to life.
The panto runs from Saturday 19th to Saturday 26th January 2013 (inclusive) with matinees on Sat. 19th, Sun 20th, and Sat.26th at 2.30pm (sharp) and nightly at 8pm. in the Dunamaise Arts Centre. Tickets are now available from the Dunamaise Box Office. Visit www.dunamaise.ie or phone 057 86 63355 . ( ask about special rate for group bookings of 10 or more From Sat. 21st to Tue. 24th only). Early booking is advised as this event sells out very quickly, and also PORTLAOISE PANTOMIME TICKETS make the ideal CHRISTMAS PRESENT.