First Look: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE from American Repertory Theater

Nikita Nair as Jack and Olympia Hatzilambrou as Fiddler Cat | All Photos: Johnathan Carr
Kobi Kassal
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December 3, 2020 7:00 PM

Get your first look at production photos and a new music video from Jack and the Beanstalk: A Musical Adventure which is streaming on demand through January 4, 2021 from the A.R.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

This 55-minute original musical adaptation for kids ages 4+ and their grown-ups takes the audience on an epic journey through Storyland. The vivid imaginations of Harvard undergraduates Julia Riew and Ian Chan transform the classic fairy tale into a journey through Storyland with Jack, her cow Buttercup, her mother, the Grand Storyteller, the King Giant, two Mice, the Itsy Bitsy Spider, and the Fiddler Cat, who help her find the determination and creativity she needs to succeed. Rebecca Aparicio makes her A.R.T. directorial debut with this production after serving as Assistant Director on Endlings and Gloria: A Life.

 The cast is comprised of Harvard University undergraduates Nikita Nair, Caitlin Beirne, Sophie Bauder, Odessa Deng, Louis Zekowski, Jonathan Castillo, Laura Frustaci, James Caven, and Olympia Hatzilambrou. Musicians include Harvard Undergraduates Sedona Farber (Guitar), Veronica Leahy (Saxophone), Noah Lee (Cello), and Alyssa Kim (Violin).

Rounding out the creative team is Julia Riew (Book, Music, and Lyrics), Rebecca Aparicio (Direction), Ian Chan (Orchestrations and Music Direction), Johnathan Carr (Video Editing and Compositing), Alex Giorgetti (Sound Supervisor and Recording/Mixing/Mastering Engineer), Elizabeth Rocha (Costume Design), Finn Barber (Lighting Design), Cynthia D. Lee-Sullivan (Props Design), Dave Monteagudo (Animations), The Adventure Society (Creative Consulting), David Mortellito (Illustrations). Additional production staff include Abbie Sage (Stage Manager) and Joy Nesbitt (Assistant Director).

The Company of Jack and the Beanstalk: A Musical Adventure
Sophie Bauder as Mother and Nikita Nair as Jack
Louis Zekowski as King Giant with (clockwise from top left) Sophie Bauder, Odessa Deng, Olympia Hatzilambrou, and James Caven
Nikita Nair as Jack and James Caven as Itsy Bitsy Spider

Household tickets for $20 with a pay-what-you-can option provide access for seven days from the time of purchase and are available at

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Kobi Kassal

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Kobi Kassal founded Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston) while attending Boston University. He is an avid theatre attender and can be found seeing a performance most nights of the week (in normal times!) He is interested in the cross section of theatre, popular culture, hospitality, and politics. He also loves a good bagel!

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