WAC presents ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’

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Article Published: Jun. 20, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 23, 2013
WAC presents ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’

What happens when a young boy plants Wonder Beans in his own backyard?

For Jack, it is the beginning of a great adventure.

The Watauga Arts Council invites the community to the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Jack and the Beanstalk” Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22, at Watauga High School.

The production is an original musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale.

The Watauga Arts Council is no stranger to the Missoula productions. In years past, area children have starred in productions of “The Secret Garden,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty Lou and the Country Beast,” “Robin Hood,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Jungle Book” and more.

Missoula is the nation’s largest touring children’s theater and has been touring extensively for more than 40 years from Montana to Japan, and the group will visit more than 65,000 children in 1,200 communities in all 50 states and 17 countries this year.

A touring actor and director team arrived in Watauga County on Sunday evening with the set, lights, costumes, props and make-up. During five days of intensive rehearsal, participating children have learned their lines, staging, songs and dances. The production has been designed with suitable parts for various age, skill and experience levels.

A few students have been cast as assistant directors and have focused on technically oriented tasks, such as mounting the set, working lights and sound equipment and assisting with teaching the show to the cast. One of the two Missoula members will play a supporting role in the production.

Playing the title character, Jack, is local student Emma Carder. Other cast members include Lexi Cranor as Mother, Alice Knight as Milky White, Kinden Cranor as Giant, Brooke Ashcraft as Jill and Julia Handley as Harp.

The Farmers are played by Cindy Teboe, Madeline Barinowski, Rebecca Anderson, Margaret Rose Blankenship-Brown, Sarah Toub, Tyler Osmond, Jillian Yates, Sirena Roe and Aila Givins.

Isabelle Trew, Alex Krusiewig, Mary Clare Blankenship-Brown, Jackie Illich, Lindsey Hiatt, Amber Teboe, Kelsey Watts and Julia Handley will play the Merchants.

Appearing as the Circus are Garrett Jordan, Grant Morrison, Sophie Trew, Kailei Watts, Annie Veno, Olivia Jordan, Jackson Roper, Payne Knight, Isaiah Watson, Alexis Royall and Elijah Barinowski.

Siah Moretz, Gwendolyn Anderson, Claire Buford, Madison Mast, Enchancia Harmon, Sadie Barinowski and Ziggy Roe will appear as the Wonder Beans, and Eryn Boyle has also served as assistant director throughout the week.

“Jack and the Beanstalk” will be presented at 6 p.m. Friday, June 21, and 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Watauga High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12 and are available at the door.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre residency in Watauga County is presented locally by Watauga County Arts Council, with support from the Tom Lanno Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Celebrate Singing Scholarship Fund and Betty and Marshall Womack.

For more information, call the Watauga Arts Council at (828) 264-1789.

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