PANTOMIME came to the Arts Centre last night – the opening night of Jack and the Beanstalk by the Jersey Amateur Dramatic Club.
You expect song, dance, some local jokes thrown in, a dame, a thigh-slapping principal boy, a script where good overcomes evil, and audience participation.
And we had all that in the show. The audience (what there was of it) definitely participated – but there were no more than 40 people there. Where was everybody?
A panto needs interaction to make it work. It needs lots of ‘Oh yes it is!’ and ‘He’s behind you!’ and communal singing at the end.
This was the first production of the JADC’s 75th anniversary year and they deserve more support. With a more fulsome audience, this panto will really come alive.
Jack and the Beanstalk continues at the Arts Centre until 12 January, and from 16 to19 January, at 7.30 pm, with matinée performances at 2.30 pm on 11, 12 18 and 19 January.
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