Magic Beanstalk Players take the stage — online!

By Meg Upton

The good news: all is not lost to the pandemic in local community theatre. Dramaworks’ children’s theatre program the Magic Beanstalk Players will present the musical “The Big One-Oh” online on Nov. 19 through 21.

How does this work? Potential theatregoers are asked to go to the West End Theatre’s dramaworks website (, and purchase a ticket at $10 per household. After the purchase, which includes providing the customer’s email address, the customer receives a passcode to view the performance online.

“The Big One-Oh! Online Edition is a triumphant musical for the whole family based on the book written by Academy Award-winner Dean Pitchford,” writes dramaworks executive director, Danielle Plocki.     The premise of the story is one of a shy new kid at school, Charley Maplewood with only imaginary monster friends, who decides to throw himself a 10thbirthday party with a “House of Horrors” theme. His plans however, are not working out as planned.


The show runs approximately 30 minutes and ticket holders once they receive the link and passcode, can view it from 5 p.m. on Nov. 19 to midnight on Nov. 21.

Once on the site to purchase a ticket, patrons can also give an additional donation to dramaworks.

Earlier this summer the West End Theatre/dramaworks costume shop and warehouse suffered a fire that burned the shop and warehouse to the ground along with other buildings in downtown Quincy. Donations go to efforts to rebuild and replenish the invaluable costumes and set pieces once housed in the structure for use in dramaworks productions. The costume and warehouse had stored items used by all local theatre groups including Plumas Unified School Districts drama classes.

Students in Magic Beanstalk Players have been meeting online to rehearse their new show and it’s the first time dramaworks has hosted an online theatrical experience.