Jack and the Beanstalk
Sponsored by John Deere, Ottumwa Works
Monday, June 19, 1:30 p.m.
Eddyville Elementary Center Cafeteria
Tuesday, June 20, 10 a.m.
Liberty Elementary School, Ottumwa
Tuesday, June 20, 2 p.m.
Prairie Hills Assisted Living, Ottumwa
Wednesday, June 21, 10 a.m.
Cardinal Elementary School, Eldon
Wednesday, June 21, 2 p.m.
An operatic adaptation by John Davies from scenes by Gilbert & Sullivan
Living in poverty with his mother, Jack sells the family cow to a mysterious dustman for a handful of beans. When he returns home and shows his mom the scrawny seeds, she throws them out a window in despair. The beans, of course, take root, and in the moonlight a magical stalk grows to the sky. Discovering the beanstalk and climbing it, as any boy hero would, Jack finds himself in the castle of a very large oaf and his kindly, but haggard, wife. Learning that this giant has taken his father’s golden hen, Jack, with the help of the Giant’s wife, stealthily takes it back. The Giant, in pursuit of Jack, receives a bump on the head after falling from the beanstalk, causing him to forget he’s supposed to be "bad." Realizing all the trouble he’s caused, the Giant resolves to behave well, agreeing that consideration for others requires people large and small to treat other people as they would want to be treated.
Approximately 35 minutes
Recommended for audiences of all ages, but especially pre and lower elementary