Young actors at Tameside Youth Drama produced one of their most memorable pantos at Hyde Festival Theatre in their latest run.
The group brought Jack and the Beanstalk to the stage with a strong lead cast transporting the audience to the ‘Village of Old Windy Bottom’ and beyond to the Giant’s castle in the sky.
With audiences presently socially distanced at the Hyde Festival Theatre for this production, the young cast didn’t get to play to packed houses, but did at last manage to step out on stage – and for some of the children it was their very first time treading the boards.
Their enthusiasm, excitement and enjoyment instantly shone through and was highly infectious as the audience were soon clapping and cheering along.
Students, Amelia, Elizabeth, Abigail, Angelina and Shannon, were part of the 40 youngsters, aged from seven to 18, who graced the stage in total. The joy of being back on stage – especially for those in the main roles – lifted this production to a new level.
Director Rachel Bunting’s vision is to enable children and young people to be part of a theatrical production which is of a professional standard and the lighting, stage and sound effects all achieve that with the ‘Night Magic’ scene as the seeds grow into the beanstalk truly memorable and enchanting.
Tameside Youth Drama continues to go from strength to strength and is now taking new members.