IT”S PANTO TIME!
Acclaimed writer, director and South Africa’s queen of pantomime Janice Honeyman once again tells the story of poor country boy Jack, the family cow, the magic beans, the enormous beanstalk, the unfriendly giant and the enchanted hen that lays the golden eggs. Adding the giant’s henchman – a truly evil panto villain – and the essential good fairy, Janice Honeyman’s Jack and The Beanstalk, ‘a giant of a pantomime’, will have audiences in awe at the show’s sheer spectacle and Jack the Joller’s madcap efforts to be its courageous hero.
Not seen on The Mandela stage at Joburg Theatre since 2012, this ever popular pantomime story traditionally sets good against evil and is jam-packed full of Honeyman’s wit, double-entendres, charm and magic.
“Janice Honeyman’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk is big on the feel-good factor, wickedly funny and a visual treat…the crowd went crazy…The pantomime is split-your-sides funny – with witty repartee and slapstick mixed in satire…this pantomime is such fun that it will keep the feel-good mood of the Rugby World
Ferial Haffajee, Maverick Life, Daily Maverick
“Janice Honeyman and her annual panto have both become theatrical institutions, appreciated for the very fact that they exist as much as for what they deliver…it’s a totally over-the-top visual spectacle of glitz and glam, with great scenery and endless costumes…it’s visually spellbinding…you’ll have a great time.”
Lesley Stones, Daily Maverick
“A non-stop whirl of energy…a frenetic kaleidoscope of song, dance and surprises…It will definitely make you forget your woes, if only for a couple of hours.”
Jennifer de Klerk, Artslink.co.za
“This is a beautifully choreographed show, with a musical ensemble that you’re sure to find yourself tapping your feet to…sure to have the adults in stitches by the stinging satire of South African politics whilst the kids will adore the stunning performance of the colourful characters…a definite addition to your holiday season of ‘must do’s’.”
Manii, 2 Dads and a Kid
“As the show burst into life I couldn’t help but let all worldly thoughts go and simply get lost in the magic of the production…With each scene change I was left in awe at the magnificence of what I was taking in…I don’t know how they do it, but just WOW!…an outcome nothing short of SPECTACULAR!…We highly recommend the experience to kids age 5 – 105.”
SA Music News & Entertainment
“This year’s Panto is my favourite!…There’s some wit and satire for the adults and everything else for the young people!”
Waydene Laing, Blogger
“Honeyman has the gift of getting the best out of every actor…It is such a pleasure when the production exceeds your expectations.”
AJ Opperman, Netwerk 24
“Packed with celebrity cameos, comedy cross-dressing, silly puns, glitz, glamour and big musical numbers that will appeal to children and adults of all ages…a raucous evening of panto fun and a script filled with slapstick humour and witty wordplay that will delight families.”
“The panto held at Joburg Theatre every year is the one Hit Event that all theatre lovers look forward to…it’s not what you expect, it’s much, much more!…The stage décor was breath-taking. Bright colours, butterflies, dinosaurs…so many moments that will be treasured in my mind forever…AMAZING, SPECTACULAR AND TOTALLY REMIXED VERSION OF THE TRADITIONAL OLDIE.”
Making his pantomime debut as the villain is actor, comedian, writer, radio and TV host, director and painter Casper de Vries. Casper’s breakthrough satirical play Hello South Africa / Hallo Suid-Afrika started his professional career in 1986. He has since staged numerous one-man shows throughout South Africa, the Netherlands and Canada – and even at the famed London Palladium. The four seasons of his CasperRasperShow on kykNET became extremely popular during the last decade. Casper received the Comics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. He has also starred in numerous movies, including Oh Shucks! Here Comes UNTAG, Soweto Green and Snaaks Genoeg. He recently hosted the popular CasperRadioShow every Friday on Cliff Central.
Returning to Joburg Theatre following her triumphant success in the role of Shug Avery in The Color Purple is Lelo Ramasimong as the good fairy. Lelo became a household name in SA when she made it to the Top 10 on Idols. Since then she has performed as a vocalist in major venues across the country and was voted by Seventeen Magazine as the Top Young South African Artist. Lelo’s theatre career has also included featured roles in Dreamgirls, African Footprint and Burn the Floor. Currently, she is a contestant on The Voice SA.
The role of Jack the Joller brings back actor Zolani Shangase to Joburg Theatre. Zolani enjoyed popularity in his recurring role on DSTV’s Moja Love in the telenovela Hope. His stage credits include a year in the West End of London with The Lion King and – in South Africa – Janice Honeyman’s Aladdin, The Rocky Horror Show, Show Boat, Orpheus in Africa and The Color Purple.
Also featured in Jack and The Beanstalk are: Germandt Geldenhuys as the Dame, currently enjoying great success as Louis on TV’s Binnelanders; Neo Motaung as Mrs Skwashie Mangowashie – another The Color Purple star who, as Sofia, earned standing ovations nightly; 22-year-old Dezlenne Ulster-Weale as Raspberry Rose; and panto stalwart Clive Gilson as Dom-Dik Canari.
Completing the all-South African company are (in alphabetical order) Cameron Botha, Ashleigh Butcher, Olivia Cloud, Gugu Dhlamini, James McPhail, Arno Meyer, Noni Mkhonto, Katlego Nche, Nolo Song, Justin Swartz and Carmen Tromp.
The 2019 pantomime is written and directed by Janice Honeyman, with choreography by Nicol Sheraton, musical direction by Dale-Ray Scheepers, lighting design by Graham McLusky and sound design by Akhona Bozo. Timothy Le Roux serves as the show’s resident director, Sebe Leotlela as assistant choreographer and Bronwen Lovegrove as costume co-ordinator. Once again, the show’s spectacular sets and costumes will be provided by the world’s leading pantomime producers, Qdos.