It has roots in the traditional fairytale of Jack and the Beanstalk, but there are plenty of twists to Kellyville Public School musical The Giant’s Side.
Written by assistant principal Nicole Knight, the new tale casts storybook Jack as a selfish and lazy boy whose antics grieve giant Humfridus Ingleston.
The action unfolds as the giant recounts his past to a modern day Jack who is far kinder.
‘‘He’s walking home from school and trips over some rocks in front of me and his friend runs away so I start telling him my story about the other Jack,’’ said year 6 pupil Thomas Landel, who plays the giant.
‘‘It’s really fun to be at school with my friends in the afternoon and act. I get to be taller than everyone else.’’
Year 6 pupil Jack Fulton plays the modern day Jack. Both he and Thomas were given their scripts in November last year because they had the most lines to learn.
‘‘My Jack is kind of a more generous person and caring,’’ he said.
‘‘I listen to the stories and I’m interested in a lot more things than the other Jack who is selfish and cold-hearted.’’
Pupils from kindergarten to year 6 are part of the production with dance, choir and ukulele groups supporting the actors on stage.
Leafy green trees, a castle backdrop and bedroom for the storybook Jack with the misspelt warning ‘Girls not aloud’ and ‘Jack Rulez’ painted on the walls are among the colourful sets made by pupils and the school’s art teacher.
The cast will perform the tale for the first time on Tuesday for students from Tallowood School, Kellyville.
■ The Giant’s Side is on Wednesday, August 27 to Friday, August 29, 7pm to 8.30pm. Tickets are $15 adult, $10 senior, and $7 children.