Jack and the Beanstalk to be a gigantic success

Rosie Moyes, Andrew Shields and Ali Hill and Kathy Flynn in the cow
Rosie Moyes, Andrew Shields and Ali Hill and Kathy Flynn in the cow

JACK and the Beanstalk – a classic tale that has been read and re-read by generations over the years.

Next week, however, the adventures of Jack will leap from the pages of the storybooks onto the town hall stage.

For Hawick Pantomime Group are presenting Jack and the Beanstalk as their annual production.

The Hawick News recently took in a rehearsal of the show at Drumlanrig School and can reveal it has all the makings of being a huge hit with audiences as it has everything a good panto should have.

Talking of matters, producer Lisa Scott said: “It’s a traditional old-fashioned pantomime story as this is what people like to see.

“We have some up-to-date songs in it as well as songs that everybody knows.

“The dance routines are all really good and so is the script, which has a strong local theme and I think the whole show has a great mix.

“We’re hoping to get big audiences and a good support because a lot of the money we raise goes to local charities.”

Lisa has been a real panto stalwart over the years in playing a variety of roles, ranging from the traditional ‘baddie’ to the village idiot characters, while also helping out on the production side.

“Rehearsals have been going on for quite a while and a lot of hard work has been put in by everybody,” she added.

Taking the lead part of Jack is Andrew Shields, who is a talented all-round performer.

And he admitted he can’t wait for the curtain to go up.

He said: “I’ve been in other productions but this is the first time I’ve had a leading part and I’m quite excited about it.

“There has been a lot to do and a lot to take in at rehearsals but I really enjoy acting, singing and dancing and it’s been great fun.

“In the other pantomimes I’ve been in I’ve loved getting involved with the audience and I’m getting an even bigger chance to do this by playing Jack which is great.”

Cast opposite Andrew as Princess Treat is Rosie Moyes, who shone as Pailmerk in last year’s panto.

And she’s another who can’t wait to get started.

She said: “The best thing for me when doing a panto is seeing the faces of the children in the audience. They get really into it.

“I’m getting hyper and excited about the show and I can’t wait for it to start.”

Every panto needs a bad guy and after making his debut last year, Cammy Renwick returns as “Flesh Creep”, the giant’s henchman.

He said: “A panto is all about having fun and this show is certainly all about that.”

Jack and the Beanstalk begins on Tuesday evening, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 for adults and £4 concessions/OAPs.