A New Take on a Classic Tale:

Jack and the Beanstalk

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Sent to the market to sell his old cow, Jack returns home with a measly handful of beans. Jack is in disgrace until. . . the beans become a beanstalk, the beanstalk leads to adventure, and Jack has a chance at fame and fortune. All he has to do is outwit a very hungry giant!

Crabgrass Puppet Theatre’s hilarious retelling of the tallest of tales is full of fun and loaded with laughs. The gorgeously whimsical stage houses a life-sized cow, a mysterious Funny Little Man, and Jack's ever-patient Mom. Once Jack finally tracks down his repeatedly disappearing cow and trades her for some magical juggling beans, he returns in triumph to his mother only to find that she is not impressed. "I can't believe you fell for the old Magic Bean routine!" Mom sighs. "Throw them out right now and go to bed." But Jack plants the beans and goes to bed, dreaming of a giant beanstalk.

And his dreams come true! The beanstalk grows overnight in front of our eyes, wrapping itself around the cottage and ending up on the top level of the stage, where Jack finds the Giant's wife, Bernice, and the Giant himself. One by one, Jack relieves the sleeping giant of his favorite toys: his argumentative but productive hen, his singing bag of money, and his magic harp (which has an annoying habit of playing the giant's least-favorite song).

This re-imagining of “Jack and the Beanstalk” is performed on a two-level stage. On the “downstairs” level, Jack is a masked actor and interacts with life-sized puppets of his mother, the Funny Little Man (who trades Jack the beans for his cow), and, of course, the cow herself. The upper level is the giant’s home in the clouds, where Jack appears as a puppet, dwarfed by the giant and his wife, Bernice. In between, Jack appears as a shadow puppet, climbing the beanstalk.

Crabgrass Puppet Theatre's innovative and exciting production of "Jack and the Beanstalk" is a feast of visuals and sound, with a stunning stage, big and beautiful puppets, a rhyme-spouting giant, a marvelous growing beanstalk, and a delightful musical score. 

Crabgrass Puppet Theatre's hilarious retelling of the tallest of tales is full of fun and loaded with laughs. Colorful scenery, exciting puppetry and a delightful musical score combine to create a giant-sized entertainment for all ages.

RECOMMENDED AUDIENCE: pre-K to 4th grade and family audiences.


STAGE SIZE: Minimum 12' wide/ 8' deep/ 8 1/2' ceiling height

Crabgrass Puppet Theatre is a participant in the Vermont and New England States Touring Programs. Contact the VT Arts Council and the New England Foundation for the Arts for more information.

This page last updated on 6/19/12. All text and images copyright 2011-2012 by the Crabgrass Puppet Theatre, Jamie Keithline and Bonny Hall.

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