Updated: Dec 10, 2018
The MADC is celebrating its 40th anniversary Christmas pantomime with the latest production of Jack and the Beanstalk at the MFCC Ta’ Qali, Malta
The MADC is a great stickler for tradition. Even so, having been established in 1910, this historic club has produced many a celebrated show, maintaining the perfect balance between convention and innovation. Ahead of its 40th anniversary Christmas pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, it’s safe to say that the pantomime has become a permanent fixture in Malta’s festive calendar.
Since its first annual pantomime in 1978, the MADC has ensured that each new generation of writers, directors, actors, musicians and back stage crews meet the same high standards that the audience has come to expect from its productions. This year, the MADC will be breathing new life into this classic fairy tale, where young Jack tries to summon the courage and climb the beanstalk, overcoming all the obstacles that stand between him and his dreams.
“The panto in Malta provides a unique form of light entertainment for audiences of all ages during the festive season. It’s a way of introducing the world of theatre to the younger generation,” says Marylu Coppini, artistic director of the MADC. “We have managed to keep up the tradition of Panto with the mind-set that traditions are there to be kept.”
Ms Coppini has been actively involved with the MADC since 1967, when she first trod the boards of the Teatru Manoel during a production of The Duchess of Malfi. She soon went on to play Bianca in 1972 production of The Taming of the Shrew, which also happens to be MADC Chairman Martin Azzopardi’s first show with the club.
“Panto is a unique production that marries the exciting elements of comedy, music and dancing on stage, together with the creation of original local scripts, fabulous new costumes, sets, props and lighting designs, resulting in a truly impressive amalgamation of talent just waiting to be let-loose for our audiences to enjoy,” says Mr Azzopardi.
Jack and the Beanstalk features a stellar cast, including Michael Mangion as the hilarious Dame, Matthew Ben Attard, Katherine Brown, Joe Depasquale, Christina Despott, Rachel Tedesco Triccas, Audrey Scerri and Sean Briffa. Written and directed by the talented Malcolm Galea, Jack and the Beanstalk will run from 23 December until 5 January at the MFCC Ta’Qali.
Ms Coppini adds, “Luminaries like writer and director Malcolm Galea, musical director Paul Abela, vocal coach Roger Tirazona, designers Isabel Warrington and Ray Farrugia, as well as stage manager Marco Mallia, have all come up with the very best that their long-standing expertise can produce to be able to say that Jack and the Beanstalk, the MADC’s 40th anniversary pantomime, is truly one to be proud of!”
Jack and the Beanstalk will be performed at MFCC Ta’ Qali at 7.30pm on 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 December 2018 and 3, 4, 5 January 2019, with matinee performances at 3pm on 26, 29, 30 December 2018. Booking is now open at www.madc.com.mt. Tickets start from only €10. Tickets are also available at €18, €23 and €26 with reduced rates for children aged 3-11. Children aged 2 and under enter FREE with a toddler ticket but must have a reserved seat with parents/guardians.
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