A year in the planning for three Arabian Nights in Hopeman

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FOR JUST A FEW DAYS the work of an entire year is put on show at local communities around Moray.

That is the reality of Panto Season – and for the Hopeman community this is the year when the Adventures of Sinbad come to the Moray coastal town.

Nikki Burnel has teamed up with co-writer Daren Nelson to bring the Panto to the stage, hoping to wow their audience and make the best possible use of the Hopeman Amateur Dramatic Society’s newly acquired equipment.

Nikki said: “The Adventures of Sinbad is based on stories from 1001 Arabian Nights, and seemed perfect with Sinbad undertaking seven voyages, having adventures, overcoming baddies and monsters to live happily ever after.

“The Technical team of Jaclyn Lunan, Peter Mutch and Ryan Denoon took an award from Money for Moray and put it to good use on new equipment. Without the award we may have had to give up on the community panto, as our equipment was old and failing.

“But now we can put on a fantastic show with improved sound, new lights and exciting special effects.”

The Hopeman shows have always been “up close and personal” – this year Dame Iain Lunan will be delivering the laughs with a local slant and encouraging audience participation. Assistant Director Pete Thoms has been developing the acting skills of our new primary three actors as monkeys and sparkly stars.

So no need to be stuck for anything to do next week – get to the Hopeman Memorial Hall.

Tickets are available in Hopeman’s Post Office or Costcutters store with shows taking place on January 18, 19 and 20 – tickets are just £5 for Adults and £3 for primary-age children.