Grow your own beanstalk for the Christmas panto, children are told

Oh no it isn't - oh yes it is: midsummer but looking forward to Christmas

By Betsy Everett

A Christmas pantomime may seem a long way off in June but for the children of three Wensleydale schools there’s already a chance to take part.

The giant of a show, Jack and the Beanstalk, is being staged by the Wensleydale Music and Theatre Group over five nights in November and December and pantomime dame, Graham Di Duca, has been out and about dispensing magic beans. 

As Mrs Betty Bits ’n’ Bobs, he has handed out 120 beans to primary children in Askrigg, Bainbridge and Hawes, to grow in time for the pantomime which will be staged as always at Hawes Market House.
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As he doled out the “magic” beans he told children at Askrigg primary school’s assembly to plant them, water them, watch them grow and then photograph them showing their height with a ruler.

At each of the five shows, the longest bean will win a prize. And online entries will also be judged.

The pantomime is being directed once again by Amy Cockett and produced by Colin Bailey and Tina Tindill. The costume team is led by Liz Connelly and Charlotte Reilly.

There’ll be a read through on July 3 and 4, and auditions on July 10 and 11 at GTec Training on the Hawes Business Park. Email for details or see the theatre group’s Facebook page.

Liz Connelly, left, and Charlotte Reilly, costume makers, with panto dame Graham Di Duca and Daisy the cow.