Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 16°C

Search

The Orchard Players in Capel St Mary prepare to stage Jack and the Beanstalk - and have managed to add some of the magic from Disney’s Frozen

PUBLISHED: 12:06 30 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:06 30 December 2014

Capel St Mary's Orchard Players stage Jack and the Beanstalk. Copyright Anglia Picture Agency

Capel St Mary's Orchard Players stage Jack and the Beanstalk. Copyright Anglia Picture Agency

Anglia Picture Agency

Rob Maplestone was just 15 when he first directed Jack and the Beanstalk for Capel St Mary’s Orchard Players. Fourteen years later, he’s doing it all over again.

Capel St Mary's Orchard Players stage Jack and the Beanstalk. Director Rob Maplestone. Copyright Anglia Picture Agency Capel St Mary's Orchard Players stage Jack and the Beanstalk. Director Rob Maplestone. Copyright Anglia Picture Agency

“It’s my home... I started here when I was eight years old,” says Maplestone, who directed the company’s NODA award-winning pantos The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella.

Rehearsals for the show are going well. They’d run it through seven times already when I popped into see how things were going.

“It’s an exciting show, with lots of great music like I’m a Believer, Marry You, Let it Go from Frozen... We’ve got a great beanstalk (thanks to help from) Kyle Watts who’s a professional tech guy at the New Wolsey Theatre; we having this amazing hot air balloon and a very special giant,” says the professional director and singer, who this time last year was playing the Tinman in the Landseer Players’ production of The Wizard of Oz.

“I think if you keep things traditional and simple it works. It’s a traditional show and a non-stop circus in my eyes - bright, bold. That was my vision, make it like the circus, like a bit of a cartoon really. That is what people want to come and see for a night out in January. Jack is a great show and one people know.”

More and more theatre companies are putting off their panto runs to January and February this year it seems?

“I see January is the time when people get their Christmas bills or have this real low, so January’s always been panto season for us - it’s quite a nice time to have something amazing to look forward to in January.”

Ticket prices have been kept low too.

“We’ve kept our ticket prices the same for about six or seven years now,” says Orchard Players committee member Hazel Hole. “We could do with putting them up but we haven’t, because we don’t want to put off anybody.”

Can Jack, Dame Trot and lovable cow Daisy make it up, and more importantly back down, the beanstalk having defeated the fearsome Giant and his henchman Fleshcreep and rescuing the lovelorn Jill?

Find out at Capel St Mary Village Hall on January 8-10, 7.30pm nightly with a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday. Tickets are £8 adults, £6 concessions and £5 children and available by calling 07754 175399.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Cuddle chicks, try welly wanging and compete in a lawnmower race at Suffolk Show 2017

Looking for something to do across Suffolk and Essex? Here are some days out ideas.

More East Anglian growers and producers than ever are set to showcase tempting local produce at the Suffolk Show this year.

Ant is one of the most under-appreciated pop icons this country has produced over the past 40 years or so.

A couple of years ago, Our Man in Havana was voted one of the top 20 espionage novels of all time. It was penned in the late 1950s at the height of The Cold War and elements of the plot form an eiry premonition of the events which led up to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Stonham Aspal photographer Gillian Allard launches her bid to become Sky Arts Master of Photography 2017 tonight - snapping up €150,000 in the process.

Zoe Ball, a bad dancer? Terrible at first reveals Strictly It Takes Two star Ian Waite, visiting the region with Natalie Lowe.

CrossFit-ISC in Ipswich will be inviting visitors of Suffolk Show 2017 to come and try out the popular sport.

From cosy cushions, to stylish rugs and tiles - there will be something to suit everyone’s style within the Lifestyle Pavilion at Suffolk Show 2017

Two identical twin sisters from Stowmarket with identical passions for both painting and Britain’s Got Talent have told of their “surreal” experience during the auditions.

Most read

Most commented

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24