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It’s pantomime time with Jack and the Pantaloons

The Pantaloons joined Adam Guilfoyle, grandson of Michael Guilfoyle, Mayor of Ennis, to switch on the Christmas lights at Market Square.  Photograph byDeclan MonaghanIT’S panto time in Ennis again and the Pantaloons have chosen Jack and the Beanstalk for their 11th production.
According to Maeve Fox of the Pantaloons, this year’s production brings a new twist to the classic tale. “This year’s panto is all about a poor boy called Jack who lives with his Mammy, Lola. One day Lola tells Jack that they have no money so he will have to take Dave the cow to market and sell him. On the way Jack meets Lady and Gaga who give him magic beans in exchange for Dave. Lola is so cross with Jack when he gets home with the beans that she throws them out into the garden; overnight the beans grow into a huge beanstalk. Then we find out what happens when Jack climbs up the beanstalk. Will Evil Lord Flatulant evict Lola and Jack from their house?  Will Isabelle fall in love with Jack? Along the way we meet Force Four, the Unbelievable Man, Sara, The Fairy, Mrs Buble, Olga, Giants maid and of course The Giant.”
Once again Pantaloons will be joined onstage by their friends, Breakthrough Dance Company.
“We look forward to plenty of audience participation this year, lots of boos and hissing for the Evil Lord. We’d love the children to dress up in their fancy dress costumes so Lola can see them all when she walks around the audience. We’d like to thank Ennis Town Council for funding this year’s production,” she added.
This year’s cast includes: Ken O’Shaughnessy as Lola; Emmet Walsh as Jack; Zoe Halpin as Isabelle; Cara Walsh as the fairy; Laura Jane Allis as Sara; Michael Daffy as Lord Flatulant; Paul Curley as Olga; Paul Cusack as Unbelievable Man; Tina O’Neill as Mrs Buble; Caitlin Fitzgerald as maid; Sarah Griffen as Lady; Helen O’Donoghue as Gaga and Caitlin Fitzgerald, Doireann Wylde, Geraldine Saunders and Maeve Fox as Force Four. Musical director is Doireann Wylde, set building by Tony Martin and Brian Smith with costumes by Theresa Larkin. The Pantaloons also have a new director this year in Alan Kinsella from Dublin.

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