Cast takes on giant of a literacy project

A good fairy tale should have it all: heroes, villains, monsters, magic, humour and of course a happy ending. When the curtain rises at the Capitol Theatre on Friday, Feb. 11 audiences will be treated to all this and more with Portal Players Dramatic Society’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Irene Williams plays the Vegetable Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk.

Irene Williams plays the Vegetable Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk.

A good fairy tale should have it all: heroes, villains, monsters, magic, humour and of course a happy ending. When the curtain rises at the Capitol Theatre on Friday, Feb. 11 audiences will be treated to all this and more with Portal Players Dramatic Society’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

But Jack’s tale comes with a twist: a “pay what you can” performance on Sunday, Feb. 13, with proceeds going to the Raise-a-Reader campaign for Literacy Alberni.

In this tale the play’s hero, Jack, takes on a terrifying giant and his horrible henchmen to win the heart of a dear princess and save the villagers of Pennyfarthing. Joined by his mother, Dame Trot and his brother, the aptly named “Silly” Billy, Jack’s adventures start when he sells the family cow, Daisy, for a bag of beans.

Led by the well-meaning Vegetable Fairy, Jack travels to Cloudland to slay the giant and save the day.

“With a cast of over 30 and giant sets and props to build this has been a huge undertaking for PPDS, but the payoff is great,” says theatre manager Elliot Drew.

Tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk are available at the Capitol Theatre box office and Rollin Art Centre. Dates are Feb. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees on Feb. 13, 20, 27 at 2 p.m. Adult tickets are $15, seniors/students are $13 and children under 12 are only $5.

For more info, please call the Capitol at (250) 723-1195.