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The Old Log Theatre is presenting a new adaptation of a classic story with Excelsior Entertainments production of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

Written by R. Kent Knutson, this original and new adaptation of the classic Jack and the Beanstalk story contains all the original characters and several more. The story begins years after the beanstalk had been chopped down by Jack, who has since gone missing in his adulthood. His son and namesake, Jack, and his talking cow Bessie, embark on a similar path of saving the family farm while Jack searches for his long-lost father.

The search takes them to the land of giants where he meets the giant’s wife Francis, her son Gus, a hen that lays golden eggs and a harp of gold that sings. Many lessons are learned along the way including the dangers of bullying and the true power of friendship.

Matinee performances will be held through Aug. 11 at the Old Log Theatre, at 5185 Meadville St., Excelsior. Performance times are 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. on Fridays and 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $14 for Tuesday through Friday performances and $16 for Saturday performances. Group rates are available.

Cast and crew members include Jack: Nate Turcotte, Jack's mother: Kendall Kent, Bessie: Diana Wilde, Mr. Big: Thomas Henry, Harper/Harpi: Ali Daniels, Henrietta/Heni: Chelsey Grant, Francis: Siobhan Bremer, Gus: Michael Johnson, Giant: Philly Wenderot, director: R. Kent Knutson, scenic and lighting designer: Erik Paulson, costume designer: Sara Wilcox and sound designer: Jeff Geisler.


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