Continuing in its grand tradition of drama, the Royal College English Drama Society presents, “Jack and the SOY Beanstalk”, a modern take on the age-old classic which replaces the old demons with current culprits who exploit people and resources for short term gain.
The play by Jerrod Bogard, is produced by special arrangement with Baker’s Plays.
Adapted to suit a Sri Lankan setting, this vibrant musical is interlaced with a valuable message of sustainability apt for today’s society.
Giant puppets, shadow puppets and larger-than-life visual elements inspired by daily sights and sounds from our own lives and over 100 young Royalists star in this production directed by Sulochana Dissanayake assisted by Themal Ellawala. Vocal direction is by Nicole Liyanage and choreography by Wendy Perera.
Royal College Deputy Principal (Primary School) and Head of the English DramSoc Lakshmi Attygalle who initiated the musical said drama develops aesthetic intelligence, emotional intelligence as well as helps students to gain inter and intra personal skills.
‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ is a classic, a children’s tale known to all about a little adventurous boy who trades his family cow for a pocketful of magic beans and enters a giant’s world by climbing the beanstalk.
Today we are in the 21st century and Jack is a struggling kid in a capitalist world - oil prices and living costs have sky rocketed, and Jack must use his wits to find ways to live sustainably. Giant multi-nationals are controlling the world’s economy and they are only concerned about one thing – the bottom line.
What happens when the proverbial giant is replaced by the CEO of the most powerful company in the whole world ?
“Jack and the SOY Beanstalk” comes alive at the Navarangahala on May 26 and 27 at 7.30 p.m. Your magic beans (tickets) priced at Rs. 500, Rs. 750 and Rs. 1000 are available at the RCU Office (Navarangahala entrance).