Saturday, October 10, 2015

Jack and the Beanstalk

WHAT: "Jack and the Beanstalk" performed by Thistle Theatre, a puppet theater for families.

WHERE/WHEN: BYT Ivanhoe Theatre, 16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008, Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11, at 2 and 4 p.m.

Magnuson Park Theatre, 7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115, Bldg. 47 , October 17 and 18, at 1 and 3 p.m.

Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle WA 98117, in Ballard, October 24 and 25, at 1 and 3 p.m.



The popular fairy tale is set in the English countryside with all the puppets dressed in traditional English costumes. Our version is based on Benjamin Tabart's 1807 The History of Jack and the Bean Stalk. 

When Jack sells the family cow for some magic beans, it leads to an adventure above the clouds with a Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum giant, a cyclops, a hen that lays golden eggs, and a magic harp.

In addition to the characters you remember, the story includes a green fairy, a butcher, and a merry fool.

I play Jack's mother, the green fairy, the giant's wife, the hen that lays golden eggs, and the magic harp.

All voices and songs are performed live by me and fellow puppeteers Ben Burris and Andre Nelson. We use  a variety of puppet styles including Japanese Bunraku-style puppets to tell and sing this take on the traditional tale.

There are also some rod puppets in this show. The cow is a hand puppet.

The script and songs were written by Jean Enticknap and Sue Ennis with incidental music by Michael Flint. Jean also directed this lively production.

This show is recommended for ages 3 and up.

Performances at BYT Ivanhoe Theatre are at 2 and 4 p.m. on October 10 and 11.  That address is 16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008

Magnuson Park Theatre shows are on October 17 and 18 at 1 and 3 p.m. The theater is in Magnuson Park in building 47. The address is 7110 62nd Ave NE in Seattle.

The shows are at Sunset Hill Community Club in Ballard at 1 and 3 p.m. on October 24 and 25. The address is 3003 NW 66th Street.

Be sure not to miss this action-packed show full of laughs and fun!

Gina Wilhelm Actress