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PRINCESS NEEDED (article first published : 2005-08-21)

Durban's annual adult panto returns for the festive season as Jack and his Big Stalk takes to the stage at the Catalina Theatre from November 1 to December 31.

However, a key ingredient is missing from the panto - the princess. The producers are still in the process of finding a young actress to play the coveted role of the Panto Princess. The successful applicant must be under 25 years of age and able to sing and act. To book an audition slot, phone Sue on 082 882 9869.

Durban's tradition of an annual adult pantomime, based on a real fairy tale, is now in its ninth highly successful year. Most recent productions have been Aladdin, Puss in Boots and Sinderella Comes Again.

Jack and his Big Stalk is written by Anthony Stonier and Peter Court. Once again, it will be directed by Peter Court with musical direction by Anthony Stonier. This will be the first time it has been staged at the Catalina Theatre on Wilson's Wharf.

The publicity material gives a taste of the script to come: “Take a tiny ... in every respect ... boy (Marc Kay as Jack is back as another spectacularly under-endowed hero), a dipsomaniacal mother (Anthony Stonier who has been researching this character for most of his life), his/her identical twin sister (Peter Court ... Identical ??) a cow with attitude (Dean Roberts is miscast as Clover, a depressingly udderless cow who nonetheless thoroughly enjoys milking time), a man-eating Giantess (Giant Tess ... get it?), played by Rowan Bartlett who was Bubbles in last year's Aladdin, a dim-witted house keeper and a very cross Princess.

“This show's got it all. Set on a dazzling tropical island with loads of popular Latin-flavoured songs, magic beans, death-defying sexual innuendo, topical jokes and a host of colourful characters! It is an hour and a half of non-stop entertainment (about the same length as a Sharks' rugby match but far more fun to watch and with much better costumes). At a mere R75 per ticket it will cost you, the tax payer, a lot less than that other long running comedy, starring Shabir Shaik and Jacob Zuma.”

More information from Sue Clarence on 082 882 9869.




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