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Jack and the Beanstalk review at York’s Grand Opera House – ‘strong vocal performances’

The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk at York's Grand Opera House The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk at York's Grand Opera House
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Now in its 17th year, the New Pantomime Production’s show at the sumptuous Grand Opera House in York lives up to high production values. Of particular note is Chris Hocking’s musical accompaniment to the catchy and kids-friendly tunes. And Giant Blunderbore’s booming bass voice has the auditorium almost shaking at its foundations.

Chris Casey as Simple Simon really engages the younger audience and there are strong vocal performances from both Russ Spencer as Jack Trott and Jade Ellis (X Factor) as his helper Fairy Peapod. Emily Taylor’s choreography includes some great movement by ‘the Babes’ throwing cartwheels and really energetic set pieces. As dame Tilly Trott, Stuart Wade really works at being the figure of fun in his silly frocks and whacky wigs, causing some uproarious moments with his slapstick antics.

The scene changes are seamless, bringing the narrative along apace with lighting shifting from the homely Merryville to the Giant’s dungeon skilfully. The Grand Finale is in splendid opulent style, with a real energy and excitement. Members of the supporting ensemble deserve merit for their impeccable performances that really reach a high mark.

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Verdict
New Pantomime Productions’ show benefits from strong vocal performances and musical direction
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