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The ‘Jingle Jury’ is out

Article Published: Nov. 21, 2012 | Modified: Dec. 2, 2012
The ‘Jingle Jury’ is out

The cast of BeanStalk Little Theatre’s production of ‘Jingle Jury’ includes (front row, from left) Belinda Wang, Demi Wang, Emily Grant, Rebecca Anderson, Maddey Street, Aidan Beane, Andrew Cole, Hannah Teague, (second row)Madisyn Spink, Katie Shook, Alice Knight, Nelson Burns, Bradley Barber, Daniel Teague, Lindsey Cole, Emma Neely, (back row) Levi Rawl, Zack Cole, Ellie Grill, Zoa Archer, Kelsey Strickland, Kiley Snook, Emma Hudspeth, Andie Waugh, (not pictured) Eli Teague, Caroline Wood and Hannah Wood.

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Court is in session Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, as Boone-based BeanStalk Little Theatre presents the Christmas musical, “Jingle Jury.”

An all-youth production, the play is BeanStalk’s first, and organizers Amy Bean and Andrea McDonough are certain it’ll deliver a stocking-full of Christmas spirit.

“It’s just fun,” director Bean said. “For one thing, at this time of year, we’re all starting to get into the Christmas spirit, and this is a really cute musical with some real catchy music.”

But for the characters of “Jingle Jury,” Christmas spirit isn’t as easy to come by.

“It’s about a young boy named Jim Dandy,” Bean said, “and, in order to prove that he’s a bad kid to the bad kids who are peer-pressuring him, he decides to tell them that he doesn’t believe there’s any such thing as Christmas spirit.”

This puts Jim at the top of the naughty list, and he soon finds himself in court, where his peers will prove to him that the Christmas spirit really does exist.

“And there are all sorts of colorful characters, like reindeer in training, the spirit of Christmas, Tiny Tim and Mrs. Cratchit – all kinds of Christmas characters,” Bean said.

There are also all kinds of Christmas music, from classic carols to original songs and a mixture of both.

The production is geared toward kids, Bean said, as BeanStalk Little Theatre aims to meet the performing arts needs of the High Country’s youngsters.

“There are a lot of arts in this area, but not a lot of theater just for children younger than high school,” she said. “And kids love to watch other kids perform.”

“Jingle Jury” features a cast of 28 young performers, ranging from pre-kindergarten to 10th grade.
For the past five years, Bean and McDonough directed youth-oriented plays for Blue Ridge Community Theatre’s summer season.

“Blue Ridge is really branching out and doing a lot more theater with adults, so we just wanted to keep something for the youth of this county to be able to do,” Bean said.

BeanStalk is community theater for children, she said, but it’s not just children who will perform. Future productions will also feature adult performers in plays for children. “We just branched out on our own with this one,” she said.

“Jingle Jury” will be performed Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue, located at 247 Boone Heights Drive in Boone. Show times are 7 p.m. both days, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 1. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door or in advance at McDonough’s State Farm Insurance office, located at 450 New Market Blvd., Suite 1, in Boone.

For more information, call (828) 312-0263 or email (

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