WITH just over a month to go before Jack and the Beanstalk opens at Weymouth Pavilion, the pantomime’s producers are pulling out all the stops to get everyone involved.
Following the success of Panto Factor, an X Factor-style series of auditions to choose the actors for the key roles of Princess Apricot and Jack, they have invested £15,000 in an education roadshow for schools in the area.
Show producer Jamie Alexander Wilson, pictured, of Magic Beans Pantomimes said: “The sooner we can expose young people to live theatre the better and it is important to get people engaged. I firmly believe pantomime should be every child’s first experience of live theatre and the more families see the show, the more theatre audiences will be growing.”
From November 26, Danny Mills and Paul Lawrence-Thomas, who play Dame Trott and Simple Simon in the show, will be visiting 15 primary school and giving one-hour shows to pupils explaining the history of pantomime.
Jamie is also visiting secondary schools and colleges and giving masterclasses to GCSE and A level performing arts students.
There are still some places available for the workshops and masterclasses – see weymouthpanto.com