Maritime Marionettes retells the popular folktale that follows Jack's incredible journey from his humble cottage, up a giant beanstalk, to a castle in the sky.
It all begins when Jack agrees to trade his cow to a mysterious traveler for a bag of magic beans. Jack's excitement is not shared by his mother, who throws the beans to the ground rather than believe in the notion they are magic.
That night the unimaginable happens - the beans grow into a stalk that towers high in the sky. Filled with curiosity, Jack climbs the beanstalk where he discovers a huge castle. Inside the castle lives a greedy giant who delights in the many treasures he has stolen from the people down below. Among his favorite treasures are a hen that lays golden eggs, and a beautiful singing harp that lulls him to sleep until he begins to snore like thunder.
While the Giant sleeps, Jack runs off with the hen and the singing harp. The cries of the harp awaken the Giant, who chases Jack toward the beanstalk. Jack scurries to the bottom of the beanstalk and quickly chops it to the ground, before the surprised Giant can follow him home.
Jack and the Beanstalk June 22, 7 p.m. Astor Theatre, Liverpool 354-5250 -
This lighthearted presentation is for all ages and features marionettes, shadow puppets, music, and story telling. The story magically reminds us to appreciate what we have, and that it is how big we are on the inside that matters most of all.
Maritime Marionettes was founded in 1986 with the goal of producing and touring quality marionette theater. They have produced and performed eleven new shows (ten of these were translated and performed in French), developing a magical style of performing together. Their company has traveled nationally and internationally, acquiring an international reputation for excellence in Marionette artistry.
The company creates its productions from concept to finished product. This includes making and fashioning the marionette figures that feature in the shows to the sets, props and costuming of the productions