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The Garage in Norwich launch gardening challenge to win panto tickets

PUBLISHED: 17:05 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:05 03 October 2018

My First Panto: Jack and the Beansprout Credit: The Garage

My First Panto: Jack and the Beansprout Credit: The Garage


The Garage and theatre company All-In Productions are hosting a children’s competition to grow the biggest beansprout.

The child who grows the biggest beansprout will win panto tickets and a term of free classes Credit: The GarageThe child who grows the biggest beansprout will win panto tickets and a term of free classes Credit: The Garage

The winner will receive a term of free classes at The Garage performing arts centre in Norwich along with a family ticket to My First Panto: Jack and the Beansprout which runs from Friday November 30 to Saturday January 5.

The interactive pantomime is based on the well-known fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, who sells his cow for some magic beans, and has been produced especially for children aged two to five and their families.

The competition can be entered by collecting a packet of magic beans from The Garage (14 Chapel Field North, Norwich), which must then be planted and looked after by the young entrants.

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Daniel Burgess, director of Jack and The Beansprout, said: “This year we are making the show even more interactive than last year - there will be singing, dancing and searching the land of the giants for golden eggs on your adventure up the beansprout with Jack.

My First Panto: Cinderella Credit: The GarageMy First Panto: Cinderella Credit: The Garage

“As the My First Panto family we love it when our audiences can get involved before the show.

“This year we thought we’d have a change from colouring in and get our hands a little dirty instead.

“You may not be thinking about planting seeds at the moment, but looked after well, these little beans will flourish.”

Grown beansprouts must then be taken to The Garage by Friday, November 16.

Alternatively, a photo can be emailed to, with a ruler showing the height from the top of the soil, along with the name, age, and contact details of the contestant.

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• Plant your beans in separate pots or in one large pot a little spaced out, to give each one space to grow.

• Fill your pot almost to the top with soil, put your bean in the middle and cover it with soil. Give it a good drink of water to welcome it to its new home.

• Keep the plants well-watered, giving them a little drink every other day, but don’t make them soggy.

• Keep them in a warm, sunny spot, maybe on a windowsill.

• Talk to them every now and then, beans like adventure stories and to hear about your day.

• Once the beansprouts starts to grow they might need a stick or cane to grow up.

To book tickets for My First Panto: Jack and the Beansprout visit the Garage website.

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