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Croyde Players perform panto, Jack And The Beanstalk

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

  • Croyde Players' Jack And The Beanstalk Please credit Paul Davis

  • STAR TURNS: Scenes from Croyde Players' Jack And The Beanstalk. Picture: Paul Davis

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H no it isn't. Oh yes it is. It's the ninth panto in a row for 13-year-old Leonie Milton, who takes the title role in Croyde Players' Jack And The Beanstalk. Leonie will be joined in the fun, community show by her 16-year-old sister Esme who plays Jill.

Croyde Players always like to feature local children in their panto and this year there are ten children starring with the dancing choreographed by 19-year-old Martine Watkins, herself a star of many previous pantos.

Jack and the Beanstalk is Croyde's 11th successive annual panto and has been written by Helen Milton and Liz Greenway, who are also co- directing.

An ingenious set has been designed by Phil Goodenough from Croyde while Nick Kidwell has been working on some colourful and inventive back-drops. Costumes are being specially-made or adapted by Alina Forde.

The cast includes Tony Parker, (Dame Nellie Boot), Faith Davis (Mona), Ann Benham-Clark and David Hook. Rosemary Littlewood and Marjorie Field feature as the comedy duo, Spit and Polish while CowPat will be brought to life by two of the youngest members of the ensemble, George Raynor and Freedom Wall.

The identity of the giant is a closely-guarded secret but rumour has it that a local surfing celebrity may be tempted from the waves for a cameo role.

Jack And The Beanstalk is at Croyde Village Hall on Friday, January 25; Saturday, January 26; Friday, February 1; and Saturday, February 2. Tickets: £7 (adult), £5 (child) from Croyde Post Office, Georgeham Village Stores and Copy Catz in Braunton. Details: www.croyde players.co.uk

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