Spilling the beans: Scunthorpe Little Theatre Club star in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Plowright
Review By Selina Maycock
Magic was the cause of fun and mayhem at this year's Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime performed by Scunthorpe's Little Theatre Club.
Residents in North Lincolnshire are spoilt for choice with another fabulous pantomime Dame stepping out to give them something to laugh about.
And of course Scunthorpe Little Theatre Club member Keith Blanchard did a splendid job in his return to whacky dresses, high heels and make up.
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Experienced in swapping gender roles, Keith made sure both children and adults could warm to his humour starring as Dame Durden.
Keeping tabs on her sons Jack and Simple Simon, Dame Durden is one of those characters that you take an instant liking to. His mannerisms, wit and tom-foolery are excellent.
If you're a fan of the chuckle-brothers style of entertainment, then you will see the resemblance with Keith's comedy.
Written by George Hankinson, we meet a few unusual characters through the magical tale.
The story follows our hero Jack as he climbs the magic beanstalk to rescue Betty (played by Leanne Berry) from Norman the Giant. On the way he is helped by his brother Simple Simon, a robot called Roberta, Old Mother Hubbard (played by Elizabeth Duce) and a singing Chicken (played by Hayleigh Duce).
Simple Simon (played by Lee 'Leeroy' Watson) does a fantastic job as the heart warming character.
One shining scenes is when he performs his solo song about losing Daisy the cow.
For me the singing, the actions and his pizzazz was complimented by the humour of those performing under the cow costume and the unexpected reaction to Simple Simon's singing will leave you tickled.
Daisy the cow put a huge smile on my face, especially during the dance routine. There's something loveable about pantomime cows and Daisy has it all, flair and fabulous movement.
The drama is created when Dame Durden, Betty's father the Squire (played by Kris Small), Dilly and Dolly (played by Poppy and Rhiannon Taylor-Digance) his Bali*** and Daisy the Cow wait anxiously at home for Jack to take on the giant.
The scenery is very professionally put together and captures each scene change perfectly, along with the costumes that help make the stage come to life.
The usual pantomime ghost scenes, sweets giveaways and the cast chasing each other through the audience will keep you on your toes and rounds off the perfect does of family entertainment.
Jack and Beanstalk will be staged at the Plowright Theatre in Scunthorpe each night until Saturday, January 19 at 7pm.
Additional matinee performances will be held at 11am and 2.30pm on the Saturday.
Tickets cost £8 each or £30 for a family ticket for four and can be booked at the theatre box office on 0844 854 2776.
For more information about Jack and the Beanstalk or any other Scunthorpe Little Theatre Club activity, contact Linda Hankinson on 01652 653504 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org