Pantomime action at Sheffield City Hall

Emily Mae Hoyland is Princess Lilly in Jack and the Beanstalk
Emily Mae Hoyland is Princess Lilly in Jack and the Beanstalk
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Sheffield talent is again treading the boards tomorrow night as Manor Operatic Society's Jack and the Beanstalk opens at the City Hall.

State-of-the-art pyrotechnics have added to the fantastic display for this year's show, which is a traditional Sheffield favourite.

James Smith, top, is Jack in Manor Operatic Society's Jack and the Beanstalk

James Smith, top, is Jack in Manor Operatic Society's Jack and the Beanstalk

Linda Kelly and Richard Bradford have again teamed up to write and put on the production. Mr Bradford is the director and producer, and Ms Kelly is the co-director and choreographer.

They wrote the show from Majorca during their summer holiday.

"We plan in meticulously," Mr Bradford said.

Just getting to the production stage is a real test for the society. The drama elements like bars, ropes and pulleys, have to be installed in the concert venue before the show can even begin.

Christina Rice is Fairy Flower in the production

Christina Rice is Fairy Flower in the production

"It takes more than five hours to just put the bars in," Ms Kelly said.

It's a baptism of fire for the experienced theatre pair, even after numerous productions over the years.

"I'm frightened to death," Mr Bradford told The Star at the dress rehearsal on Friday night.

James Smith and Emily Mae Hoyland star in this year's panto as Jack Trott and Princess Lilly, but according to Mr Bradford and Ms Kelly, it's a team effort.

Simon Hance is Far Cart in Jack and the Beanstalk

Simon Hance is Far Cart in Jack and the Beanstalk

Chris Hanton plays Simon Trott, and Robert Spink is the boys' mother Tilly Trott.

Christina Rice is Fairy Flower.

Andy Collis is the musical director, taking charge of a 13-piece band covering a range of eras and hits to please all ages.

Jon Adams of Pyro Tech handles the fire elements.

"A lot of the pyrotechnics have never been done in City Hall before," Mr Bradford said.

The cast expects to play to between 1700 and 1800 people per performance over 16 shows.

Manor Operatics is a Sheffield institution. It's been going in the city for more than 40 years.

Previous productions include Cinderella, Peter Pan, Snow White, Aladdin and Dick Whittington.

Phone the society to buy your ticket for Jack and the Beanstalk on 01709 365108.

You can also visit the website at www.manoroperatic.com to buy.