Birchington Guild of Players’ Jack and the Beanstalk

The Birchington Guild of Players first production of 2024 kicks off in February.


On the weekend of February 9th, the Birchington Guild of Players’ production of Jack and the Beanstalk comes to The Centre with two matinee and two evening performances.

The Birchington Guild of Players’ Andy Ronchetti discussed his own thespian background, the Guild’s greatest moments and just exactly what readers can expect from Jack and the Beanstalk…


To readers who may not know, can you explain your background in theatre and how long you have been involved with the Birchington Guild of Players?

“I started as a child actor many, many years ago, then pursued a career in the military but got the acting bug again about 10 years ago and was looking for a group to join and remembered that someone had mentioned the Guild of Players, went along to an audition and was lucky enough to be cast as one of the main characters and have been with the guild ever since.”

What would you say have been the Guild’s greatest moments since you have been involved?

“The guild has won several awards for its involvement in am dram in Kent and has entered various pieces to competitions over the years where the commitment has been recognised not just on stage but the guys who help behind the scenes. We have had actors nominated for “best actor & actres”. But to me, the biggest achievement is the commitment that everyone puts in, giving up free time for rehearsals and productions both off and on stage.”


How excited are you for your upcoming production of Jack and the Beanstalk and what can those who have bought a ticket expect to see from the show?

“Very excited and I’m lucky enough to be cast as the Dame, Dame Dotty Trott, along with a wonderful cast. Every panto we are supported by REPA (Rhythm Express Performing Arts) who help us with younger cast members and dancers that just take the show to another level. Expect fun, laughter and music where you can cheer the goodie and boo the baddie.”


Do you have any upcoming further future shows lined up for 2024 and how can readers keep up to date with the Guild of Players?

“Yes we do. In spring we are looking into putting on “Steel Magnolias” directed by Marc Hamilton and the autumn a who dunnit comedy called “Twist” directed by me, and that will be my first time directing.”


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