Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Rutland youth take on big show, “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk”

March 31, April 1—RUTLAND—Rutland Youth Theatre presents the great classic “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk,” a comedy by Linda Daugherty, March 31, 7 p.m. and April 1, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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 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, 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.
Performance will be held at Rutland Intermediate School Theatre on Library Street in Rutland. Tickets are $6 for children/seniors and $8 for adults. For more information, call 802-773-1822. Rutland Youth Theatre is part of the Rutland Recreation and Parks Department and is a non-for-profit organization.

Photo courtesy of RYT
Rutland Youth Theatre cast perform a dress rehearsal of “Jack and the Giant Beanstalk,” readying for its two performances, Friday and Saturday.

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