College of the Desert’s ‘Jack’ charms audiences of all ages

(Back to front) Giant: Charles Harvey,  Jack:  Miranda Hane,  and the Golden Chicken: Emerson Cole (Photo Courtesy of College of the Desert)
(Back to front) Giant: Charles Harvey, Jack: Miranda Hane, and the Golden Chicken: Emerson Cole (Photo Courtesy of College of the Desert)

By Crystal Harrell

Editor-in-Chief

On Feb. 27-Mar. 1, the COD Dramatic Arts Company presented a new spin on a classic fairytale with ‘Jack,’ an updated version of the Jack and the Beanstalk story that brought laughs to theatre-goers.

The play chronicles a young girl named Jack who starts to lose the ability to tap into her imagination as a result of wanting to grow up and leave childhood behind. Soon enough, Jack finds herself magically trapped in the classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk. The only way out of the fairytale is for Jack to become the title character, slay the Giant, and rescue the Queen, or else risk being trapped in storybook land forever.

‘Jack’ was written and adapted by Noemi Villela Dean and Tres Dean, and directed by Noemi Villela Dean. J.W. Layne was the Scenic, Lighting, & Properties Designer while the Costume Designer was Charlie Parker.

The cast consisted of Miranda Hane, Johnny Bolth, Charlie Harvey, Emerson Cole, Jessica Alexander, Kelly McCool, Adam Genesta, June Mihalich, Ronda Williams, Krystofer Do, Leslie Benjamin, Brieana Holquin, Mason McIntosh, Florentino Carrillo, Makenzy Borowski, Miles Hane, Nayeli Alvarado, and Philip Houghton.

“[The play] is super family-oriented with some adult humor that kids will miss. It has a lot of comedy and the energy in the play kept the audience completely hooked throughout the whole show. They definitely laughed, cheered, and felt surprised–especially at the fact that the main character, Jack, is a girl!” stated Makenzy Borowski, who played the part of the Giant’s Crazy Kitchen Lady.

Leave a Reply