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Panto’s a tall order for this Jack the lad
YOU’LL need a head for heights to watch this year’s panto at the Wyvern Theatre.
Yesterday I joined Sam Parker, who will play Jack in this year’s panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, as he learned the ropes of the role which will involve climbing the beanstalk to the Giant’s lair.
Now, I’ve never been one for heights. But as the gutsy young woman I am, I rose to the challenge, donned my own harness and helmet, and began to scale the 9m climbing wall at the Link Centre.
I then clung on for dear life when it became horribly apparent there was no way I was going to be able to keep up with plucky Jack.
Safely returning to solid ground, I spoke to Sam about the challenges of the new role.
“That was amazing,” he said, gliding to the ground.
“I love climbing, I’ve always loved climbing, even when I was a kid I was always climbing trees and even now I’m still climbing trees.
“And now I will be climbing the beanstalk, climbing is my job.”
Bristolian Sam, 24, is currently appearing in When Midnight Strikes as Alex, a smooth and suave character who happens to be terrified of heights.
Sam said: “Alex and Jack are completely different characters.
“It’s a nice challenge to play somebody who is quite suave and sophisticated and then play Jack, who is hardly the sharpest tool in the box. It’ll be good fun.”
Sam, who trained at the Arts Educational School in London, has appeared in many shows and productions including Peter Pan at the Beck Theatre and Buddy in Steel Pier at The Union Theatre, among other roles.
Sam said: “I’m excited to be appearing in Jack and the Beanstalk.
“I love panto, I was brought up on panto, my great grandmother took me to a panto when I was young and it was pretty much my first introduction to the theatre, so it’s nice to be able to take part in one now.”
The panto, which opens at the Wyvern on December 7, also features TV presenter Keith Chegwin, who will be playing Silly Billy, David Ashley as Dame Trot and Jennifer Greenwood as the Fairy.
The show will run until January 5, 2014, and visitors won’t have to sell the family cow to come along.
Adult tickets range in price from £17.50 to £27, with concessionary tickets, family tickets and tickets for groups and schools all available.
- To book, or for more information, call all 01793 524 481 to book or visit http://www.wyvern theatre.org.uk
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