Theatre Review: Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk came to Lenzie Academy in all its glory when Kirkintilloch Players hosted their 41st annual panto.

The adventures of Jack, his brother Silly Billy and mother, Mrs Trott were kicked off in style with the chorus’ upbeat rendition of ‘Wake up Boo!’

Jack and his love interest, Jill were a pleasure to watch, particularly during their solo songs.

Jill, Played by Amy Cassels, sang a beautiful version of Ellie Goulding’s ‘How Long Will I Love You’ and Jack, played by Amy Angus, pulled off a beanstalk style ‘Let it Go.’

This proved to be a crowd pleaser as hands were waving in the air when she finished the song with a simple: “The giant never bothered me anyway.”

The Frozen sing-a-long continued throughout which seemed to be a winning tactic.

Silly Billy even performed a version of the song ‘Fixer Upper’ with his, ahem, dazzling lady friend, Millie.

The children in the audience went wild for Pantomime dame, Trotti’s, dance moves and even wilder for her sweeties that she threw out to the audience. Trotti, played by Gavin Peterson, was sharp-tongued and the jokes were contemporary to say the least, meaning that even the adults got a few laughs.

She even took part in the Great Giant’s Bake Off in the giant’s kitchen, which saw a live version of Mary Berry’s show finished off with a cream pie to the face of faux-villain, Gerda.

The Apple Fairy was the magical force that kept everyone on the right path and it must be said that she seemed to have a rather impressive fan club in the audience.

Hilary Lynas’ adoring fans lapped it up whenever she appeared on stage and particularly when she performed a ballet style, spell-binding dance.

Of course, the story veered away from the traditional and once Jill had been rescued by her hero, Jack, the chorus joined the main cast on stage to perform The Proclaimers classic, ‘Let’s Get Married.’