Jack and the Bean Stalk

 

BY RACHEL NELSON FORTNER
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY BETSY and BILL PETERSON
See MUSICAL NUMBERS list below for audio samples.
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"JACK AND THE BEANSTALK" SYNOPSIS
Recommended Ages for Performers: 7-12 years old
Cast: 6 M, 29 F (18 of these roles can be played by either)
Set: Two simple sets and one cover scene
Time: About 45 minutes
Who can resist that endearing, delightful knucklehead Jack? An empty cupboard and overdue rent sends him out to sell Buttercup, the family cow, and what does Jack return with? You guessed it: six scrawny beans! Of course they’re magic beans, according to some fluttering fairies that cut the deal with Jack. In a snit, Jack's mom throws them out the window.

 

You may think you know the rest of the story but just hold on. In this tuneful retelling of the timeless fairy tale, we have a trio of thugs, some lovely castle maidens, and a king who was turned into a giant by an old crone. With a big dose of humor and the tale’s inherent suspense, this is a grand opportunity for each young actor to play his or her very own engaging character in an enchanting musical about a boy, a cow, and some beans. Songs your cast and audience are sure to enjoy include “A Sunny Day in the Clouds,” “Everything’s a Little Hazy,” and “It’s Nice to be Naughty,” just to name a few. Come climb up the beanstalk with Jack for a musical adventure you’ll not soon forget.

 

Cast
Lines and song breakdown (Opening song and Finale included)
JACK…30 lines, 3 songs
MOTHER…17 lines, 3 songs
BUTTERCUP…14 lines, 3 songs
King Leofrick /GIANT…9 lines, 3 songs
Traveling Minstrels
NELLIE…6 lines, 2 songs
NILES…6 lines, 2 songs
NATALIE…6 lines, 2 songs
NATASHA…6 lines, 2 songs
NEDRA…6 lines, 2 songs
Very Mean Landlords
MR. BADWELL…19 lines, 3 songs
BORIS…16 lines, 3 songs
BAXTER…15 lines, 3 songs
Beautiful Fairies
FELICIA…5 lines, 3 songs
VANESSA…5 lines, 3 songs
LUCRETIA…5 lines, 3 songs
LUCINDA…5 lines, 3 songs
CONTESSA…5 lines, 3 songs
Castle Maids
MILLICENT…7 lines, 3 songs
FIONA …5 lines, 3 songs
MAGGIE…5 lines, 3 songs
SALLY...5 lines, 3 songs
CHARLOTTE...5 lines, 3 songs
LIZZY...5 lines, 3 songs
DAPHNE ...5 lines, 3 songs
PENELOPE...5, 3 songs
Musical Numbers

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Once Upon a Time...
(Cast)

 

It’s Nice to be Naughty
(Landlords)

 

It’s Hard to Say So Long
(Jack and Buttercup)

 

Bits of Magic
(Fairies)

 

My Boy Jack
(Mother)

 

Happier Times
(Castle Maids)

 

Everything’s a Little Hazy
(King)

 

A Sunny Day in the Clouds
(Cast)

 

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