Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
This production promises to be a spectacularly entertaining show which will enchant everyone from the youngest to the oldest audience member.
Everyone knows the story; Jack Sprague, played by the talented Sam Tye, and his mother (Eileen Coleman) are poor but honest with nothing but a cow to their name. Reluctant as they are to part with Daisy, they decide to sell her and Jack takes her to market. On the way he meets someone who persuades him that some magic beans would be better than cash -and so the adventure unfolds.
Other cast members include the Giant, played by Richard Milner, The Golden Goose (Kylie Isaia), The Baron (Tim Prosser) together with Brittany Isaia (as the Harp), Michael Hart, Jenny Trestrail and a large chorus of villagers, bean sprouts and others.
The costumes add to the thrill of it all, and were carefully crafted by Tracey Wood, Juliet Taylor and their assistants. The choreography, by Donna Williams, will charm and delight. We last saw Donna's work on Marloo's stage in the delightful and multi-award winning My Fair Lady.
The musical direction is by Amanda Miniutillo, a talented performer, well-known to Perth audiences for her many roles in The Gilbert and Sullivan Society's productions. Most notably as Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance. Artistic direction is by Brendan Tobin, an actor and singer with many years experience, formerly with the Whitehorse Musical Theatre in Melbourne but now, luckily for us, settled in Western Australia. He was last seen on stage in South Pacific.
The staging of such a show presents some practical problems, from a Pantomime Cow to an actual working Magic Beanstalk and these were solved with ingenuity and skill by master set builder and Stage Manager, George Boyd, who's set for the last year's Darling Buds of May took off an award.
Book early as this is the final show for Darlington Theatre Players' 2011 season and is sure to sell out very quickly.