Busselton Repertory Club’s highly anticipated 2022 pantomime has continued the company’s roaring success, delivering another lively and personable production in the shape of Jack and the Beanstalk. Under the direction of Leanne Cannon, this famous fable takes the stage with a unique 60s flair that leaves audiences of all ages grooving in their seats. While pantomimes can vary greatly depending on the audience’s enthusiasm, this production had no trouble getting the theatre involved and received an engaging and joyous reception from audience members of all ages. The story follows the pair as they venture from the quaint yet lively town of Groovendale up into the clouds to the Giant’s castle, all of which is brought to life by some simple yet captivating set pieces that ooze magic thanks to John Winchcome and his proficient team. Adventuring up the beanstalk is also the timid and goofy simple Simon played with affection by Veronica Kelly, along with Emily Lyons’ stern King Bertram and his right-hand man Trumpet, whose empathetic performance is given life by Amber Knight. The production’s villain, the wicked Slimeball, is played with great gusto by Sara King who is perfectly ‘slimey’ and conniving, balancing out the grace and beauty of Ash Jackson’s Edena. A late arrival from Jake Sheedy leaves no disappointment as Giant ‘Presley’ Blunderbore. Special mention must go to Zach Knight and Henry Booker as the lovable Daisy, the pair creating a comedic treat for patrons. The lead cast is supported well by two junior choruses and an older ensemble, each injecting their own character and life into energetic group numbers, including the vibrant Nutbush opening. Among the many talented youths is none other than Henry McGregor, who continues his family’s commitment to the annual pantomime now going 26 years strong. Clearly earning its sold-out run, this production is a treat for both regular theatre-goers or those looking for a night of laughter and won’t fail to put a smile on your face.