Thieving jack be nimble and quick

Swine have bean and stolen sign

JOANNE BENNETT
Last updated 05:00 10/12/2013
Stolen sign
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Jack and the Beanstalk producer Kimble Henderson, South Canterbury Drama League president Kevin Foley, and director Alice Sollis are annoyed the advertising signs for their upcoming production of Jack and the Beanstalk have been stolen.

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Fee-fi-fo-fum, thespians smell the blood of thieving scum.

The cast and crew of Jack and the Beanstalk have had their $300 advertising signs stolen, the very night they were erected.

The signs were put up on Saturday evening, and by the morning they had disappeared.

Producer Kimble Henderson, who designed the signs, hasn't even had time to pay for them yet.

"I will be paying for them out of my own pocket too. I spent a lot of time on them, but it's not just for me, it's about the cast. We're all annoyed and disappointed."

South Canterbury Drama League president Kevin Foley described the thieves in true dramatic style.

"To quote the words of Shakespeare, they're ‘sons and heirs of mongrel bitches'. You try not to take it personally, but it does affect people, particularly the young people in the show," Mr Foley said.

Director Alice Sollis said the crime goes completely against the spirit of the production.

"It's a good old-fashioned British pantomime - it's short and sharp, and it's a lot of fun, and it's for the community. We wanted advertisement, but not like this," Mrs Sollis said.

The crew believe the signs' disappearance was likely related to National Crate Day, which challenges people to drink a dozen "swappa crate" 750ml bottles of beer in a day to celebrate the beginning of summer.

The excessive drinking often resulted in hooliganism and vandalism.

"Someone will know where they are," Mrs Sollis said.

"If they do have them, they can just leave them outside the Playhouse. We're not going to prosecute them or anything, we just want our signs back."

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