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ETSU to stage ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ using aerial dance techniques

Contributed • Sep 28, 2018 at 8:10 PM

The story is familiar, but the upcoming production of “Jack and the Beanstalk” presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance at East Tennessee State University will have its own unique touches, including a beanstalk made of aerial silks and magic beans that are not stage props but actual people.

The show opens Sunday, Oct. 7, with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and continues Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 8-10 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Productions will be held in the Bud Frank Theatre.

Written by Chris Stiles, “Beanstalk” follows a young boy, his mother, a cow named Milky White, some magic beans and a giant at the top of a beanstalk. The ETSU production is directed and choreographed by Cara Harker, a theatre and dance faculty member.

“We are incorporating a lot of physical theater into this production, including using an aerial dance apparatus for the beanstalk,” Harker said. “Jack’s ascension on the beanstalk into the heavens and the giant’s area will be performed using aerial dance techniques.

“There are definitely some surprises in store for the audience,” said Harker, who added that the audience will help tell the story.

ETSU student Levi Bradford will star as Jack and will be joined on stage by Trynity Brinkley, Faye Cate, Jonathon Delozier, Madisen Evans, Gracie Fulghum, Mykyla Hall, Taylor Hutchison, Kim Ireson, Vianna Isbister, Tyler Mitchell, Kylie Moore, Ben Patterson, Eulalah Prater, Aimee Robinson, Clara Roller, Hannah Smith, Hunter Thomas, Shelby Tyler, Laura Watson and Toby White.

The design team includes Beth Skinner as costume designer, Jonathon Taylor as scenic designer, Zach Olsen as technical designer and Melissa Shafer as lighting designer.

The show runs for approximately one hour with no intermission and is suitable for the entire family. Tickets are $5 for students and children (12 and under) and $10 general admission. To purchase tickets, visit www.etsu.edu/theatre, or for more information, call 423-439-6511.

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