Christmas panto packs in the laughs

JOANNE BENNETT
Last updated 12:07 19/12/2013
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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: South Canterbury Drama League members, from left, Deana Averill (Slimeball) and goblins Ben Denman, Kinnley McAllister and Kayla Morton rehearse the league's performance of Jack and the Beanstalk.

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CRACKING CAST: Alex Gourdie as Simple Simon (sitting), Deana Averill as Slimeball, Amber Cross as Princess Demelza, Lochie Basford as Jack, Kevin Foley as the King, Clint Broomhall as Flunkit (sitting), Daisy the Cow (Kayla Morton and Emilee Keenan) and underneath Daisy, David Mortimer as Dame Madonna Trot.

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The lines are learnt, the costumes are waiting back stage, and the magic beans are about to germinate.

The cast and crew of Jack and the Beanstalk are putting the finishing touches on Boheme Entertainment's new Christmas production, set to open on Thursday.

Producer Kimble Henderson said the aim of the production was to put smiles on faces.

"We all need some laughs at this time of year, and this is a lot of fun."

It's the fifth year the company have produced a Christmas-time pantomime. All have been in true British panto-style.

"The English know how to do a pantomime. There's a lot of humour, singing and dancing, and of course audience participation.

Director Alice Sollis said the cast of 26 is a "a good mix of experienced actors and younger performers."

"It's all really good humour and really good fun," Mrs Sollis said.

Jack and the Beanstalk is on at the Playhouse tonight and tomorrow at 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 3pm.

Tickets $18 from Newmans. Door sales available.

SOUTH CANTERBURY HERALD

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