The Garrick has built up a reputation over the years for its sell out traditional family pantomime, and this year will be no exception with plenty of laughs, songs and audience participation in this GIANT of a favourite adventure packed story. Jack, the cow, the beans, the stalk and a glamorous wedding are all here in this wonderful new version of the popular tale.
- FAIRY SWEET PEA, A VERY GOOD FAIRY INDEED – Helen Lawrence
- DAME TROTT, A POOR WIDOW – Steve Swift
- JACK, HER SON – Kirsty Podlaski
- SIMPLE SIMON, HER OTHER SON – Adam Gonet
- KING HERBERT OF MERRY HALE – Jonathan White
- PRINCESS ROSE, HIS DAUGHTER – Megan Johnstone
- IVOR BOGEY, A VERY UNPLEASANT MAN – Max George Fone
- DAISY THE COW – Herself
- GIANT BLUNDERBORE – Himself
- CHORUS OF VILLAGERS, MILKMAIDS, SCARECROWS, VEGETABLES, GIANT?S SLAVES & WEDDING GUESTS
- Choreography ALEXANDRA HOWARTH
- Costume Design GARRICK WARDROBE
Let us entertain you – Kirsty Podlaski as Jack and Adam Gonet as Simple Simon
They’re as much a part of Christmas as turkey and cringeworthy cracker jokes, snoring, over fed adults and festive repeats on TV. As children’s presents get more expensive and more sophisticated, they still love a trip to the panto. While the grown ups can get away with not acting their age – just for one night. Altrincham Garrick’s offering this year is Jack and The Beanstalk, which sees Kirsty Podlaski and Adam Gonet playing two of the lead roles, Jack and Simple Simon. Kirsty described Jack as the “hero” of the piece and Adam said he’ll be on a mission to make ’em laugh as “the pantomime comic.” When you go to these shows it seems like chaos on stage but in reality, the ‘chaos’ unfolding before your eyes is planned and executed with military precision. What’s the secret of being a good panto performer? Kirsty said: “I think the secret of being a good panto performer is really understanding your place in the panto. For my particular role, I really do have to become that character, push the storyline, remain somewhat serious.” Adam added: “The comic characters have to be able to communicate with (and handle) an audience, ad-lib where necessary, and ensure that the high levels of pace and energy required throughout never drop.” Many actors, amateur and professional, say that children are often the harshest critics. Is panto still thought of as children’s theatre? Adam said: “Pantomime is primarily associated with children’s theatre, yes, however you have to remember that there are just as many adults and teens at the shows as there are young kids. It is very much a family show. The traditional family-friendly panto the Garrick puts on is very much aimed at and suitable for the whole family. I think that is the secret to its success.”
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