of children and/or young adults as CITIZENS, BUGS and TROLL GUARDS.
NOTE: This pantomime was written for a cast of ten
and a small chorus, but will also suit a larger company. Some of the
doubled in the Opening Chorus (as villagers and fairground performers).
With a larger company, a separate chorus, of whatever size, can be used
for the Opening, as well as for fleshing out a number of other scenes
the Beanstalk Transformation, the Bug Ballet, as Fleshcreep's acolytes
in the Giant's Kitchen and the Finale). Clarabelle the Cow can, of
be played by two men or two women or (as in the first production) by
man and one woman to balance company numbers. If a smaller cast is
Fairy Evergreen is a simple double with the Giant's wife, but they are
good enough opportunities for two actors. The Giant was conceived as a
huge puppet, sitting at his table to maximise the illusion of size.
was a stage manager inside the head/body to control head and arm
with the voice pre-recorded, and the effect was very impressive.
if this proves too tricky (or expensive), other effective solutions can
be devised: e.g. the more conventional method of a very tall actor in
costume and big boots.