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Jack and the Beanstalk, Retold: A Children’s Puppet Show

Thomas High Performing Arts Class

Theater, Art for Young Audiences (Kids Fringe), Family


What happens when a person risks it all on a hope and a dream? See this new retelling of the children’s classic “Jack and the Beanstalk.” See this magical tale told with puppets and music. An original script written by high school students will entertain children and adults alike. 

When Jack’s mother realizes that their lives are near collapse, she sends her son off on an errand to save their livelihoods. His errand transforms into a journey. Jack, a trusting, hopeful boy, swaps their cow for three beans. Soon, a beanstalk beyond human proportion grows from the ground, reaching into an unfamiliar world. Jack struggles with the decision to climb into the unknown. Awaiting Jack are The Giant, a suffering landscape, and a riddle that may help everyone.

This retelling of “Jack and the Beanstalk” introduces new characters, a new way to think about strangers and strange lands, and our relationships to one another. Children and their adults will enjoy the puppets and songs, the magic and message.

Run Time: 60 mins
Ticket Price: FREE
Venue: Thomas High Mastery Charter School

Dates: September 15, 2023 - September 16, 2023

September 15, 2023 6.00pm

927 Johnston Street

General Admission: FREE

September 16, 2023 2.00pm

927 Johnston Street

General Admission: FREE

About the Artist

We are a group of theater kids at a high school in South Philadelphia. We believe in the magic of theater to bring groups of people together and form communities. 

Rene Bermond: Lyricist and Librettist
William Dougherty: Composer
Kelly Lin: Artistic Designer
JacQueline Palmer: Producer
Students at Thomas High: Performers

  • Students at Thomas HighWriters
  • Students at Thomas HighPuppet Makers
  • Students at Thomas HighDirectors

Accessibility & Content Considerations

Contact the Fringe Festival Box Office for up to date accessibility information.

This event is appropriate for all ages

The first three rows will be reserved for children only. Accompanying adults are invited to sit in rows behind them.

Covid-19 Safety policy

This event does not require proof of vaccination to attend or masks to be worn


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