JACK and the Beanstalk drew the crowds to Haslemere Hall for the annual panto.
The standard story is of Jack with his inability to concentrate on real life, who falls in love with a pretty girl who has been let out on day release to the human land from her capture by the giant.
Magic beans inevitably buy the wonderful cow Daisy who puts more feeling into a cardboard face than is often seen. As her ‘family’ sing ‘Cant live without you’ as she leaves for market there was hardly a dry eye in the house.
The beanstalk grows, everyone climbs it and the rescue begins not only of Pippa, the love angle, but also a chicken laying, with great effect and facial agony golden eggs and gold bars, and a live golden harp whose lullaby sings the giant to sleep at the right moment,
All is well in the end but not before the dame (Tony Creasy) and Simple Simon, (Jess McCluskey) have slapsticked their way through a cake making scene.
The panto was directed by Adam Forde producing a swinging evening enjoyed equally by all ages in the audience.