Muddy River Opera Outreach presents Jack and the Beanstalk

February 22, 2019 2:49 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

Muddy River Opera Company has again collaborated with the performing arts departments at Culver-Stockton College, John Wood Community College and Quincy University to produce John Davies’ adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk, this year’s Educational Opera Outreach selection. We all know this classic tale but this operatic version of the story is humorous, heart-warming and teaches a valuable lesson while introducing opera to a new audience.

“Participating in Opera Outreach gives our singers a taste of operetta,” says Amy Stollberg, Director of Choirs at Quincy University. “It is a great educational tool for the college level and the kids just love the stories. There are many funny elements and humor in this performance which will make it a pure delight for all ages!”

Pictured are (left-right) Camryn Current, narrator (QU); Rachel Reinbeck, Jack’s mother (QU); Makayla Briggs, Jack (JWCC); Austin Owen, Giant (JWCC) and Grace Riley, the giant’s wife (QU). Additional roles are played by Casey Pigg (QU) and Austin Kohlhepp (QU). The show is managed and directed by Connie Phillips, with choir direction by Amy Stollberg, M.ED., director of choirs at QU and Dr. Steven Soebbing, Instructor of Music & Theater at JWCC. Accompaniment is provided by Laura Kammerer.

Living in poverty with his mother, Jack sells the family cow to a mysterious dustman for a handful of beans. When he returns home and shows his mom the scrawny seeds, she throws them out a window in despair. The beans take root and in the moonlight a magical stalk grows to the sky. Jack finds himself in the castle of a very large oaf and his kindly, haggard wife. Learning that this giant has taken his father’s golden hen, Jack, with the help of the Giant’s wife, stealthily takes it back. The Giant, in pursuit of Jack, receives a bump on the head after falling from the beanstalk, causing him to forget he’s supposed to be “bad.” Realizing all the trouble he had caused, the Giant resolves to behave well, agreeing that consideration for others requires people large and small to treat other people as they would want to be treated.

You’re invited to the first public performance that will take place Sunday, March 3 at 3 pm at Christ Lutheran Church, located at 333 S. 36th St. in Quincy. The show is free of charge so bring your family and friends with you! Free will donations will be accepted at the door. The show will be on the road with a portable set to Illes, Baldwin, Ellington and Payson elementary schools on March 4 and 5.

Save the date for the free public performances by C-SC performing arts students on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 pm at Merillat Hall on campus and at 3 pm on Sunday, April 28 in the Lewis Street Playhouse in downtown Canton. The group is directed by Dr. Carol Mathieson. The group will tour Missouri schools on April 29 and 30.

For more information about the program call 217-228-5090 or email To learn more about Muddy River Opera Company visit

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