The Man Be­hind MADC’s New Panto Jack and the Beanstalk

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Jack and the Beanstalk will be per­formed at MFCC Ta’ Qali at 7.30pm on 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 De­cem­ber 2018 and 3, 4, 5 Jan­uary 2019, with mati­nee per­for­mances at 3pm on 26, 29, 30 De­cem­ber 2018. Book­ing is now open at www.madc.com.mt. Tick­ets start from 10! Tick­ets also avail­able at 18, 23 and 26, with re­duced rates for chil­dren aged 3-11. Chil­dren aged 2 and un­der en­ter FREE with a tod­dler ticket but must have a re­served seat with par­ents/guardians.

Brown, Joe Depasquale, Christina Despott, Rachel Tedesco Tric­cas, Au­drey Scerri and Sean Briffa.

As usual, au­di­ences are in for a won­der­ful evening burst­ing with crazi­ness and fun. “We have a re­ally fun story with out­ra­geous char­ac­ters – in­clud­ing the most gre­gar­i­ous cow you’ve ever seen and a char­ac­ter played by a pup­pet – and lots of laughs. Ev­ery year I try to outdo my pre­vi­ous panto and, though it gets harder and harder, I do be­lieve that I’ve man­aged to pull it off. Come along and see for your­selves,” Mal­colm con­cludes.

In­deed, Jack and the Beanstalk will see a highly-ex­pe­ri­enced crew come to­gether to cre­ate a hi­lar­i­ous, feel-good Christ­mas show. Mae­stro Paul Abela and Roger Ti­ra­zona will en­sure that the mu­sic is toe-tap­ping and fun, while Francesco Ni­codeme will be chore­ograph­ing the cast’s danc­ing and move­ment. To add to the magic, Ray Farrugia will be cre­at­ing one of his in­cred­i­ble set de­signs, and cos­tumes are be­ing de­signed by none other than Is­abel Warrington.“This is prob­a­bly the most in­ter­ac­tive panto I’ve ever writ­ten and a lot of this comes from the nar­ra­tor (played by my­self) whose job it is to touch base with the au­di­ence at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals. It’s es­sen­tially just an ex­cuse for me to use some of my stand-up com­edy skills!” says Mal­colm.The panto’s ‘smug and sar­cas­tic’ nar­ra­tor will be joined by Michael Man­gion who plays the over-the-top dame, Jack’s mother, Lady Frakas­sat. Jack and the Beanstalk also fea­tures an im­pres­sive cast of both es­tab­lished ac­tors and new­com­ers, in­clud­ing Matthew Ben At­tard, Kather­ine

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