TELLING tales is never a problem for Jigsaw Music Theatre Company and their latest production was no exception.
The youngsters, aged between eight and 16, presented 1,001 Nights, Helen Newall’s adaptation of The Arabian Nights, at Chester’s Forum Studio Theatre.
Facing almost certain death, Scheherazade, played by Rachael Alcock, 13, offers to marry King Shahryar, whose lack of faith in women has driven him to execute a bride every night.
Entranced by Scheherazade’s nightly tales, the king, played by James Ralph, 15, eventually admits his love for her and puts an end to his reign of terror.
The cast of 45 youngsters act, sing and dance their way through the stories of Sinbad the Sailor, (William Jones) Ali Baba (Joe Garrett) and the 40 thieves, Aladdin (Joe Hogan) and Bac Bac the hunchback (Heather Ritchie).
Little Heather, just nine, stole the show with her silent portrayal of the hunchback, who villagers think they have killed by accident.
A large proportion of the youngsters play musical instruments throughout the piece which has original music by Matt Baker and Erin Elston.
Flautists Amy Bebbington, 12, and Alex McNee, 13, and violinist Zed Spencer-Milne recall the mysteries of the East.
Directed by Millie Stevenson and Will Wood, with assistance from Chester Catholic High School student Emily Rogers, everyone has a line to say, a song to sing and a tale to tell.
Jigsaw was founded in Chester 18 years ago by Veronica Bennetts and Matt Baker has been with the company since 1992.
Jigsaw will begin a new project in Septmeber 2009. To join contact Julie Elston on 07747110933