Alloway Performing Arts (APA) wowed at the premiere of their musical feature Alice: The Movie.
The stars graced the red carpet in front of photographer Ian Geddes before showing the film at the Savoy Park Hotel in Ayr.
Alice’s premiere marked the end of a project that began in 2019 and has become a labor of love for APA.
Originally intended to be a stage show version at the Gaiety Theater in 2020, the company reinvented the concept as a film due to the Covid lockdown.
The singers used phones to record songs which were then edited together by APA.
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Dances and acting were learned via Zoom or in outdoor spaces where regulations permitted.
When it was finally possible to film, it took place in parks around Ayr, and even in some gardens, with all Covid precautions followed.
Alice: The Movie is loosely based on the Alice in Wonderland story, but delves into issues of growing up, friendship, and self-confidence.
The role of Alice was Iona Greig, who guided us through the complexities of Alice’s real and imagined experiences with an assurance and quality that drives this film forward in a compelling way.
A strong supporting cast created the believable from the absurd.
The story certainly left the viewer feeling empowered and ready to take on the world.
And what did the public think? A standing ovation was met with the end of the film while online responses praised the production and its stars.
“It was an amazing project to be involved in,” said APA owner Lynne Christie.
“The determination and skills that our students showed were incredible.
“During these difficult times, they have excelled. We wanted to support their physical health and mental well-being throughout the Covid period, and we hope we have, but our students have given much more in return. “
Hearing about what the APA was trying to achieve, the Savoy volunteered to host the premiere.
The hotel is well known for supporting the arts in the community – and provided the perfect setting for the premiere.
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