Jack and the Baked Beanstalk

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Set in Australia, in a small country town. Jack and his widowed mother, Dame Sadie Dreadlocks, are very poor.

Their entire neighbourhood have been severely affected by the closing down of the local factory, where Dame Dreadlocks has lost her job as a cleaner.

The Bank Manager and owner of the factory, Mr Heinz is threatening to sell Dame Dreadlocks house because the mortgage payments are overdue. Jack sets out to sell the cow, Butter Milk to get some money to buy food and help pay the debt.
 

On the way to the market Jack meets a band of Gypsies ( Led by, Roma) who tricks him into selling the cow for a handful of fake “Magic Beans”. Unbeknown to Jack, and the gypsies; the beans really are magic. Winnie the Witch and her two henchpersons, Seedy and Lentil have misplaced them.

The Village Theatre Sanctuary Cove Qld 2005. "Jack and the Baked Bean Stalk finished on a high note, with both audiences and cast wanting more!- always a good sign!"

 

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Plot / Synopsis

Set in Australia, in a small country town. Jack and his widowed mother, Dame Sadie Dreadlocks, are very poor. Their entire neighbourhood have been severely affected by the closing down of the local factory, where Dame Dreadlocks has lost her job as a cleaner. The Bank Manager and owner of the factory, Mr Heinz is threatening to sell Dame Dreadlocks house because the mortgage payments are overdue. Jack sets out to sell the cow, Butter Milk to get some money to buy food and help pay the debt.

On the way to the market Jack meets a band of Gypsies ( Led by, Roma) who tricks him into selling the cow for a handful of fake “Magic Beans”. Unbeknown to Jack, and the gypsies; the beans really are magic. Winnie the Witch and her two henchpersons, Seedy and Lentil have misplaced them.

The henchpersons mistakenly believe that Butter Milk has eaten the magic beans and they try to kidnap her from the gypsies. Jack and his friends Maggie, Freddie, Lucy and others including a forlorn, failed fairy (Fairy Fumble Fingers), join Dame Dreadlocks to try and rescue, Butter Milk. Their adventures along the way include all the slapstick hilarity of a traditional pantomime, much audience participation, music and mayhem... Goodness and honesty eventually triumph and Butter Milk, Jack and Dame Deadlocks are reunited. The magic beans sprout and Mr Heinz decides to reopen the factory as ..... a baked bean cannery ... What else!

Suggested Music.

1. …………………..I made a hundred in the Back yard at Mum’s.

2. …………………………C’mon on Aussie C’mon.

3……………………………Sadie the Cleaning Lady.

4……………………………I Never See Maggie Alone.

5………………………………….The whistling Gypsy.

6…………………………………….A Song about Money.

7…………………………………….As No.5. The Whistling Gypsy.

8……………………………………………..The Doughnut Song

9………………………………………..Aussie bar-be-Que.

10…………………………………..Little Brown jug

11……………………………………Home among the Gum Trees
…………………………………………or Friends and Neighbours.

N.B.
This script is text only. Above music is an indication only of the type of song suitable. Music is of your own choosing and copyright permission should be

Cast

JACK …………………………….Country boy.
MAGGIE………………………….. Tomboy.
FREDDIE…………………………. Maggie’s Brother.
LAURA …………………………….. Rich Kid.
DAME SADIE DREADLOCKS ………Jack’s Mother (a Dame.)
BUTTER MILK……………………………A Pantomime Cow.
MR HEINZ…………………………….Factory Owner, Bank manager.
ROMA………………………………. Old Gypsy.
LUCY…………………………………..Young Gypsy.
FUMBLEENA…………………………Fairy Fumble Fingers.
WINNIE…………………………………A Witch.
LENTIL…………………………...…….Winnie’s Henchperson.
SEEDY…………………………………Winnie’s Henchperson.

CHORUS :- Who may double up as:-

Male Radio Voice .............Female Radio Voice.(Cathy.) .Captain, Wicked Keeper, Mid On, Mid Off, Square Leg, Point, Slips (2), Bowler, Lady with pram, Various siblings of Maggie. Gypsies. Fairies.

Large mixed cast.

Twelve Principals, chorus and a Pantomime Cow.
Suitable for Adult or Youth Theatre Production.
 

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Production Costs

12.5% of Box Office. Minimum of $110 per performance. Scripts are $17.50 each or $165 for a licence to photocopy.