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S Club Junior set for starring panto role
5:20pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
AN ESSEX boy and former S-Club Junior is set to play Jack in this year’s Thameside Theatre panto Jack and the Beanstalk.
Jay Perry, who left school at 12 to form part of the young pop group, was named in the panto’s title role earlier this week.
Tickets for the show, which also stars former EastEnder Natalie Cassidy – who is making a return to the BBC soap in the new year – as the fairy and West End star Wain Douglas as Dame Tilly Trott, are selling fast.
Perry is currently on tour with Save the Last Dance, but will join the cast in the coming weeks.
A spokesman for the pantomime said: “It won’t cost you a bag of magic beans to come to the best value panto in Essex.
“There will be some fantastic singing and dancing and a large dose of comedy, sparkle, magic and spectacle thrown in for good measure.
“We are very excited and lucky to have two great stars in the pantomime this year and tickets are selling quickly as a result.”
Jack and the Beanstalk tells the story of Jack, a young boy living with his widowed mother.
A milk cow is the family’s only source of income but when the cow stops producing milk, Jack is sent to the market to sell it.
En-route, Jack meets an old man who offers “magic beans” in exchange for the cow.
When he arrives home without any money, his furious mother hurls the beans out the window and sends Jack to bed.
A giant beanstalk, as high as the sky, grows overnight and on climbing it Jack comes across the house of a mean giant, where he asks for food.
He proceeds to steal a bag of gold coins from the Giant before making an escape.
He returns to the top of the beanstalk, where, assisted by the giant’s wife, he takes a hen that lays golden eggs and a harp that plays itself.
The first performance of this year’s panto is on Friday, December 6, and it finishes on Sunday, January 5.
To get tickets, call the Thameside Theatre Box Office on 0845 3005264 or go online at www.thurrock.gov.uk/theatre
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