Theatre Bristol Presents Comedy "Jack and the Giant Beanstalk" April 17-26

Announcing cast of 22 from the region in show with giant laughs; Tickets on sale now

Theatre Bristol announces upcoming production and cast of the giant fairy tale classic coming to the ARTspace stage April 17-26, “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk,” under the direction of Cindi Brooks. The show features a cast from around the region.

In this version of the Jack tale “Jack and the Beanstalk,” Linda Daugherty’s comedy includes Jack and the proverbial giant, but there is also the giant’s overworked, over-wrought wife, an aria-singing harp, a golden-egg-laying chicken with performance anxiety, and a blue-eyed stranger who looks surprisingly like Jack’s long-lost father. Naturally, there’s the village at the foot of the beanstalk and the giant’s home in the sky, but there is also, 10 years earlier, a sailing ship caught in a storm off the coast of Pago Pago (“or was it Bora Bora”?) with its blue-eyed master pulled mysteriously from the wreckage by a giant hand. Certainly, there’s Jack’s distressed mother and the peddler who sells Jack the magic beans, but there is also the peddler’s story of having bought the beans from a blue-eyed stranger; the Ladies Plum and Pomegranate, who provide the comic relief in Jack’s village; and Jack’s pals, including a rough and ready tomboy named Adelaid. Without a doubt, there’s the giant’s “fe, fi, fo, fum,” but there is also his wife’s rhyming collection of “bigness” puns. Expect the familiar ingredients in the mix, plus so much more, and with fresh and witty dialogue in this “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk.”

Theatre Bristol Board member Cindi Brooks is excited to be making her directing debut. Most recently she was Assistant Director for The Wizard of Oz in the summer of 2019. Cindi has also been on the production crew for Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Into the Woods, and many other shows. Cindi is supported by stage manager Ann Vance and crew Brittany Wallace, Luke Gray, Whitney Brooks, Mason White, Madison Harosky, Zaiah Gray, Faith Vance, Nikki Winchell, Vicki Corey, and Steve Baskett. Haley White is the graphic designer and Samantha Gray, the producer.

In the title role of Jack is Ethan Riffey, and Jack’s parents are played by Faith Vance and Andrew Bailey. The giant is played by David Maloney and the Giant’s wife by Whitney Brooks. They are joined by a fairy tale land of characters including Lady Plum played by Charlee Fox, Lady Pomegranate by Josephine Hilt, the Chicken by Enelisa Sutton, and the Harp by Chloe Campbell. The Sailors and Townsmen are Mason White and Gavin Sennet and the Peddler is Steve Baskett. Ned is played by Carter Lawson, Adelaid by Libby Street, and the Young Steward by Aden Tomlinson. The Youngsters are Emma Cornett, Mary Nell Shipley, Farris Lamie, Harrison Lamie, Lydia Brown, Faith Bowling, Braelyn Winchell, and Lyncoln Winchell.

“Jack and the Giant Beanstalk” is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

Running weekends April 17-26, showtimes for “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk” are Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 5:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and will be available at http://www.Theatre Bristol.org or at the door. For information on school shows, please contact info@theatrebristol.org.

Theatre Bristol’s is pleased to present “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk” as part of its family-friendly 55th season of ARTspace and Paramount shows, including “She Loves Me,” “Real Heroes,” “The Sound of Music,” “Twelfth Night,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “elf The Musical.” 

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee. Its Main Stage season consists of up to six productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120, and other performances are on stage at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Theatre Bristol is volunteer run and we invite you to get involved.

For more information, visit Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email info@theatrebristol.org.

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