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Power cut can't stop Hopeman Panto from raising £4000


By Alistair Whitfield


Hopeman Amateur Dramatic Society presents The Little Mermaid...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Hopeman Amateur Dramatic Society presents The Little Mermaid...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

A POWER cut almost caused Hopeman Panto to be cancelled – but a hastily installed generator made sure the show went on after all.

Saturday's matinee performance of The Little Mermaid was in danger after the lights in the Memorial Hall failed just minutes before it was due to start.

However – a bit like princes in a fairytale – engineers from SSE stepped in to save the day.

Nikki Burnel from Hopeman Amateur Dramatic Society said: "We just want to say thanks to SSE because they were great.

"There would have been a lot of disappointed children if they had not been so helpful.

"We'd been working on the panto since September and were really excited to deliver a fantastic performance.

"It was devastating when the lights went out, but the team and community really pulled together.

"While the fantastic SSE employees connected the generator, our make-up artists were working by torchlight.

"Meanwhile, Pete Thoms and Reverend Jenny Adams were entertaining the audience with a sing-along.

"Once the generator was installed, the technical team then worked hard to restart the lights, sound and special effects to resurrect the show.

"The great Hopeman community spirit meant the show did go on."

The Little Mermaid had three sell-out shows, taking in close to £4000.



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