Panto set to take CentreStage at the Belltable

MIKE Finn’s take on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk will be the panto in the Belltable this Christmas.

MIKE Finn’s take on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk will be the panto in the Belltable this Christmas.

The upcoming show, which is presented by CentreStage Productions, will open on December 12 in the city centre arts centre and was launched this week by Mayor of Limerick Cllr Gerry McLoughlin.

“Pantomime can be a wonderful experience for all the family over the Christmas season,” said the mayor at the launch in the Belltable.

“Pantomime is sometimes the first live show that children experience and the memories of panto are often recounted for many years. It is a healthy way to enjoy live entertainment and CentreStage are to be commended for keeping pantomime alive and thriving in Limerick,” he added.

The show is the 15th that Richie Ryan’s CentreStage have produced in the city and is from the team behind last year’s successful run of Cinderella, with local playwright Mike Finn offering his witty take on the classic tale.

Mr Ryan said Jack and the Beanstalk would offer “great value homemade entertainment for all the family”.

“This is our 15th year producing local pantomime in Limerick and we are delighted to have an all local cast and crew,” said Richie, who is directing the show, along with choreographer Susan O’Connor and musical director Bryan Meehan, supported by Johnny Daly on percussion.

“We not only have a wonderful talented cast but local writer Mike Finn working with us once again and given his great reputation for hilarious scripts, people can be sure of an entertaining plot and hilarious entertaining characters,” he added.

Tickets for the production, which also features the CentreStage Kids and Teens, are on sale now from the Belltable. The show runs until January 5.