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IN PICTURES: Behind the scenes of the launch of Jack and the Beanstalk at Parr Hall

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Fri 05 Jan 2018

IN PICTURES: Behind the scenes of the launch of Jack and the Beanstalk at Parr Hall

A GIANT of a panto stomps onto stage at Parr Hall tonight, Friday, and the Warrington Guardian went behind the scenes to join in the fun.

This year’s show from Tony Peers Productions is Jack and the Beanstalk (oh, yes it is).

But performers from Warrington will also be stealing the limelight with Felicia Burns’ School of Dance sharing the stage.

Over the past 20 years, the school has played a key role in the annual production.

Felicia Burns has been preparing 20 performers for the show with some as young as 10.

She said: “Just the fact that the kids are working with a professional company means they learn so much from that. Also, it’s great to see the sheer enjoyment they get from it – they absolutely love it.”

This year’s pantomime tells the tall tale of Jack, who gets into trouble with his mother for selling the family cow for a handful of beans.

However, Jack’s dreams come true when it grows into an enormous beanstalk, which he climbs to discover a new land above the clouds.

Phil Beck, writer and director of this year’s production, added: “There’s a little bit of something for everyone - for all ages. It’s got modern songs, old classics, tongue-in-cheek humour, slapstick humour, custard pies, water fights, and just general mess.”

Jack and the Beanstalk is at the Parr Hall until January 14. For tickets visit pyramidparrhall.com or call 442345.