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Theatre Arts students take the stage in holiday panto performance of “Jack and the Beanstalk”

Jack and the Beanstalk illustration by Omni Jacala.
November 26, 2013

Times are hard for young Jack and his mother. To make matters worse, he is tricked into selling his beloved cow Daisy for a few magic beans, which grow into a beanstalk. Jack then climbs the beanstalk and meets an evil Giant. Will Jack find the courage to battle the Giant? Find out when McDaniel College Theatre Arts students take the stage this holiday season in an original British panto performance of the popular fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

Performances are 7 p.m. Dec. 19-21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 21 in WMC Alumni Hall. Tickets go on sale Dec. 16 and are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, and those with a McDaniel College ID. Call 410-857-2448.

Adapted and directed by Ira Domser, McDaniel Theatre Arts professor, the panto is a British holiday tradition based on a fairy tale or nursery rhyme combining audience participation with music, topical jokes, and slapstick comedy. 

According to Domser, “We are creating a new take on this classic, familiar fairy tale by injecting a bit of Vaudeville sensibility, contemporary references and audience participation. The whole family will love this panto-style performance, which combines the slapstick comedy of Commedia dell’Arte with the clever humor of Benny Hill and Monty Python’s ‘Flying Circus.’”

The cast includes:

  • Jessica Anderson, sophomore from Berlin, MD
  • Samantha Arana, sophomore from Silver Spring, MD
  • Julia Asbel, freshman from Philadelphia, PA
  • Nia Gipson, freshman from Owings Mills, MD
  • Paul Davis Griffin, senior from Westminster, MD
  • Joshua Harding, sophomore from Federalsburg, MD
  • Jennifer Litzinger, sophomore from West Windsor, NJ
  • Ashley Manning, junior from Randallstown, MD
  • Juliana Ottomano, sophomore from Manchester, MD
  • Masha Paul, senior from Providence, RI
  • Jennifer Shillingburg, freshman from Oakland, MD
  • Adam Vaughn, freshman from Columbia, MD
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