Jack and the Beanstalk at the Performing Arts Centre both sides of Christmas - family fun at its best.

Event 100By Pepper Parr

December 11, 2014



School is out – the kids are now yours – all day – every day until we are into the New Year. For those that are still amazed at the wonder of everything and still have imaginations that are intact – the Jack and the Beanstalk performances later this month might interest you.

A colourful cast of characters will sing and dance their way to the top of the beanstalk in a brand new imagining of the classic tale. With performances on December 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, this traditional British pantomime makes for the perfect family activity or holiday gift. Tickets start at $24 for children and $29 for adults.

Jack and the BeanstalkThe exceptional cast and crew includes local Burlington and Hamilton natives such as the witches played by Lynne Scott, lead singer of ska band Skaface, Pamela Farrauto whose TV appearances include The Ron James Show and Murdoch Mysteries, and Janine Heaven who in addition to being a talented stage actress is also a licensed Officiant.

The audience may remember Marisa Ship and Stephanie Lynn-Russell who played Princess Lotus Flower and Aladdin in 2012’s Aladdin, and who will this year be turning their attentions to the roles of Jack and Georgina Goose respectively.

The show is directed by award winning playwright, director and actress Francesca Brugnano who describes the experience as a “thrill to be directing an unmitigated eruption of talent in this clever and hilarious pantomime.”

This zany brand of family friendly fun is being shared with families most in need of festive cheer by providing tickets through various charities such as BigBrothers BigSisters, United Way and Halton Women’s Place. 

“It’s all about giving back to the communities we live and work in,”. “At this time of year” said Rikki Wright, writer of the show, “everyone should have something to look forward to, not just the privileged few.”

You can help by buying a giggle seat, which will be donated on your behalf to a family in need. The producers of the show will also match that seat with one more of their own so you can be responsible for putting smiles on two faces. For more information about the Gift of Giggles program and to purchase Giggle Seats, visit www.pantomime.ca/giggles.

Tickets to Jack and the Beanstalk can be purchased online, by phone (905) 681-6000, or in person at the Box Office located at 440 Locust Street in Burlington.

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