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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 13:29

Rosebud's Jack and the Bean Stalk will be giant

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On March 8, bring the children to Rosebud Theatre for this year’s Theatre for Young Audiences musical production, Jack’s Giant Adventure.


Jack’s Giant Adventure is a modern musical retelling of the classic Jack and the Beanstalk.
“The play was first produced in 1994 as part of a Classic Family Tales package for Stage West Mississauga,” tells Adam Furfaro, co-writer and Rosebud Centre of the Arts executive director. “My writing partner, composer Steve Thomas, and I wrote a whole series of musicals for Stage West based on the premise of a new take on an old tale written for the whole family — not just children.”
Jack is a lazy 14 year old who lives on a small farm in southern Alberta with his widowed mother. The two have been left almost penniless by a mean Ogre-Giant who stole all of the family’s possessions, including a magic harp and a very special goose when Jack was but a toddler. The Giant was also responsible for the deat of Jack’s father — a story Jack has never been told — until today.
Newly motivated to find a job and change his ways, this adventure unfolds as Jack meets up with “the Balladeer”, a Guardian-Angel type who leads him to The Giant where Jack tries to avenge his father’s death, regain the family’s prized possessions and above all, do his mom proud.
Throw in a performing cow and a loonie-laying puppet goose and you have a hilarious and moving mini-musical children and adults alike will enjoy.
Featured in the play is Donovan Snider who plays Jack. He had a marvellous audition, according to Furfaro.
“He will make a great connection with the children who come to see this. This is the first time I’ve actually cast Jack with someone who is close to the right age. He will be dynamite.”
Resident Company members Byron Linsey and Leah Hearne will play The Giant and his wife.
“They have an excellent chemistry and both are extremely funny.”
Audiences may recognize Linsey from past programs as Rosebud Theatre’s head carpenter, but he also has a diverse performing background.  This will be his first time back on stage since he came to Rosebud and he is extremely excited about it.
Guest artist, Andrew Legg is the Balladeer, a guardian-angel type, who narrates the story and plays a number of characters throughout. He is a remarkably talented actor and singer who will bring a real fullness to this complex role.  He was last seen on the Opera House stage in It’s a Wonderful Life.
Rosebud School of the Arts students Lauren de Graaf and Jillian Shock round out the cast playing Jack’s Mom and Muriel, the Cow respectively. Both are very talented ladies with beautiful voices. de Graaf was also in Cotton Patch Gospel and It’s a Wonderful Life last season.
Audiences of all ages will love this hilarious and moving musical version of a classic story. Performances are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 8. All tickets are $17.75 and an optional noon buffet lunch can be added for only $10 per person. School groups are encouraged to phone and ask about weekday matinees from March 4-7.
To reserve, phone the Box Office at 1-800-267-7553 or book on-line at www.rosebudtheatre.com.

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