SHERMAN — Auditions for the Sherman Players’ production of the traditional British panto, “Jack and The Beanstalk,” will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, September 23 and 24, at the Sherman Playhouse, 5 Route 39.
Adults and youths 13 years and older are invited to audition.
All principal characters should sing well, though there are very few solo songs, and ensemble members should be comfortable with some simple harmonies.
Above all what’s needed is enthusiasm, comic timing and a great sense of fun.
This panto takes the traditional story of Jack climbing the beanstalk to do battle with the evil giant and throws in magic, song, spectacle, romance and more than a little old-fashioned vaudeville slapstick comedy and a splash of Monty Python.
This is a show for the whole family, where the audience is definitely encouraged to join in the fun.
Those auditioning for a named role should prepare eight to 16 bars of an upbeat song and sides will be provided for readings.
Roles include the hero Jack Trot, traditionally played by a female, his mother Dame Trot, traditionally played by a male, and the Giant’s wicked henchman Fleshcreep.
Additional roles are the Vegetable Fairy intent on helping Jack, his brother, Silly Billy, and King Satupon, who has a crush on the dame.
Princess Melanie loves Jack, Sergeant Spick and Corporal Span are the king’s hapless, clueless, and witless guards, Clarance or Clarice Clanger is the town crier Blodwyn Blunderbore the giant’s human wife, Giant Blunderbore is big and bad, and Daisy the Cow’s costume is inhabited by two actors who move well.
There will be ensemble roles for villagers, townsfolk, prisoners of the giant, magical folk and wedding guests.