Auditions: Jack and the Beanstalk

This year's panto, as many of you know by now, will be Jack and the Beanstalk and involve the usual suspects, the characters I mean, although it probably applies to the cast and crew as well! Having said that, I hope new members will come along and join in too.

Even if someone doesn’t get a principal part, we will need villagers etc. and there are songs for them to sing along with some of the principals.

As for the principals, solos will be required by Jack, the Princess and the Dame, although I hope there will be enough of a chorus to provide support and the songs will be reasonably short.

Some songs are sung just by 2 or 3 people, and I’ve tried to pick music that is familiar and easy to learn and sing. We’ll have some weekend rehearsals for the singing and dancing, hopefully over the summer.

Below are the pieces that I would like people to have a go at during the audition and Alec will provide a simple karaoke backing track.

  • For the Dame: I’m a Woman by Bette Midler
  • For the Princess: On My Own from Les Mis.

If you'd like to see a copy of the script before the auditions or if you can’t make the date, please contact me, and I’ll arrange another audition.

Auditions will take place on Wednesday 13th June at 7:30 pm at the Sleaford Playhouse.

The production dates are as follows:

Evening Performances:

  • Thursday 29th November 2018 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday 30th November 2018 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday 1st December 2018 at 7:30 pm
  • Thursday 6th December 2018 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday 8th December 2018 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday 9th December 2018 at 7:30 pm

Matinee Performances:

  • Saturday 1st December 2018 at 2:00 pm
  • Saturday 9th December 2018 at 2:00 pm

 

Helen Hill (Nellie)
Jack and the Beanstalk Director

 

You can contact Nellie by sending an email to [email protected].

 

Cast List

Jack
Bright, plucky, confident young man (female as the principal boy).

Dame Dotty Dimple
Typical pantomime Dame - Jack's long-suffering mother, a poor dairy farmer (Obviously, best played by a man).

Simple Simon
Jack's daft brother, as obvious (Usually male. but could be played by a female).

Piccalilli
Typical Wicked Witch character, played slightly tongue-in-cheek (Female).

Fairy Sugardust
Typical good Fairy character (Female).

Rancid the Ratman
The local rat-catcher who becomes the Giant's Henchman - a "comedy baddie" (Male).

King Crumble
Typical King character - somewhat henpecked and a bit of a ditherer (Male).

Queen Apricot
A little brighter and more worldly than the King (Female).

Princess Charlotte
Young Princess - kind and innocent (Principal Girl).

Snatchet and Scarper
The Broker's men - typical panto-style comedy twosome. Snatchet is the more idiotic of the two (either can be mate or female).

Humphrey
The Royal Equerry - a bit of a twit (Male - smaller part).

Buster Gut-Bucket
The Giant - see note below

Buttermilk
A pantomime cow (2 people required)

Chorus
Consisting of villagers, fayre goers, the giant's minions
Optionally, a female Chorus member plays the Magic Harpist in Act 2 Scene 3.

Dancers
Featured in musical numbers as desired and can augment Chorus parts. Also perform the optional ultra-violet scene, if included.

The Giant - Morf
This person will need to use stilts and a stick.