Jack and The Beanstalk

Date 16th December 2021
Society Attic Theatre
Venue Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Scott Jamieson
Musical Director Craig McDermott
Choreographer Sarah MacNay
Producer Tom Forbes

Report

Author: Douglas J Clark, Regional Rep

Scott Jamieson as well as directing the show also wrote the script which was full of humour, and plenty local references, to ensure the audience had lots to laugh at. The majority of the comedy was in the safe hands of Mike Taylor as Jack’s down to earth mother Edna Bucket with her many references to “her Willie” i.e. Wilhelmina the cow, and Michelle Bruce as the mis-placed Fairy Godmother and her wonky wand. Jack was played by the excellent Callum Bell and was equally matched by Zoe Frieslick (in her first principal panto role) as his love interest Jill. Matthew Walker as Jill’s evil father the Baron soon had the audience, both young and old, booing at his every appearance. It was good to see a huge Giant (made by Karl Evans Studio) and voiced by Megs Matheson-Adams make an appearance on stage and even give a powerful rendition of “I Am What I Am”. Strong support was given by Hannah Smith (Henchman 1) and Dougal Finlay (Henchman 2/Teddy the Giant’s assistant). All the singing by the principals and large chorus was first class and the dancing was slick and step perfect throughout. The set was bright and cheerful as befits a pantomime as were the costumes. A very professional production and a superb evening’s entertainment.