Funding boost helps Alice take to the stage in Hopeman

Alice in Wonderland takes the stage in Hopeman.

A GRANT OF £3500 earlier this year towards upgrading their equipment has made planning for the Hopeman Amateur Dramatic Society’s forthcoming Pantomime very much easier.

That is not to say that members could ease back on the hard work required in preparing such a production as ‘Alice in Wonderland’, the chosen tale to be told at the Hopeman Memorial Hall next month.

Panto director Lara Beach explained: “This has been a busy year for our members – we attended the Money for Moray event earlier in the year and was awarded £3500 towards upgrading our equipment.

“We have since been busy deciding on the correct equipment to help upgrade the old lighting and sound we have, and this will be done in two phases. Phase one, which we hope to have finished before Alice in Wonderland opens on the January 19, will replace our old lighting and make a few vast improvements to sound.

“Phase two will be extras that will make the shows “shine” and add greater atmosphere to our productions. This will be put in place until after the Panto – but should be ready for later productions.”

Lara will be joined in directing Alice in Wonderland by husband David, with the opening night show beginning at 7pm. That will be followed by shows on Friday, January 20 (7pm) and Saturday, January 21 (1pm and 5.30pm).

Tickets are available now from Costcutters store priced at £5 for adults and £3 for children aged up to Primary 7.

Further details on the Hopeman Panto can be found on its Facebook page.