The disappointing attendances of 2013 were a thing of the past as normal service resumed for the five performances of Cashel Pantomime Society’s production Jack and the Beanstalk in Halla na Féile.
This was a pantomime with a difference, little of the parody from yesteryear, instead we got a slick, glitzy show with spectacular lighting effects, smoke, a story line that’s as old as time but adapted to suit today’s tastes. The cast and chorus made up mainly of teenagers with little or no stage experience, a few young handers who have been round the block before and the genial ‘Go Compare Man’ in the cameo roll who has seen it all before. His inclusion really drove up the average age profile which ranged from five to 75. What the chorus may have lacked in finesse they made up for with endeavour and enthusiasm, the leads acquitted themselves well and are all fine singers. Jack’s (Cathal Minogue) rendition of ‘Someone to Love’ comes in for special mention, Freddie would have approved. The show was directed by Maria O’Shaughnessey, musical director James McGrath, choreography by Leah Skelly.