On January 18, 2017

RYT holds open auditions for “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk”

Sunday & Monday, Jan. 22-23—RUTLAND—Rutland Youth Theatre holds open auditions for “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk,” a comedy by Linda Daugherty. The auditions are open to those in grades 3-8 only.

Produced by Saskia Hagen Groom and directed by Mikki Lane, “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk” is much more than a play about Jack and a beanstalk. Of course there’s the proverbial giant, but there is also the giant’s over-worked, 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, 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. With all the familiar ingredients in the mix, plus so much more, and with fresh and witty dialogue, this play will be a rediscovered delight for actors and audiences alike.

Auditions times are Jan. 22, 3-6 p.m. and Jan. 23, 6-8 p.m. at Rutland Youth Theatre, Courcelle Building, 16 North Street Extension, Rutland. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday or Sunday afternoons. Choose one audition only, but stay for the duration. For info, call 802-683-0019.

Show times are March 31 at 7 p.m. and April 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Rutland Intermediate School Theatre.

For more information on upcoming productions and workshops, visit rutlandrec.com/theatre.

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