Donation from a home builder to the performing arts group Airdrie

A talented theater troupe that brought the panto to a historic Airdrie location for the first time in nearly a decade has received a financial boost from a local home builder.

Imagine That Performing Arts hosted eight performances of Goldilocks and the Three Bears at their Airdrie Arts Center studio to a sold-out audience.

They received a Christmas gift of £ 500 from Dawn Homes, which they will now use for their show program scheduled for 2022.

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Imagine That moved into the 130-year-old B-listed building on Anderson Street a year ago, creating a studio and rehearsal space to provide a permanent base for their 110 young students, ages 4-18.

Their move came nine years after the old Arts Center – which included a 168-seat theater space – was vacated by community groups and sold by the North Lanarkshire Council following the hotel’s refurbishment. neighboring town of Sir John Wilson.

Imagine That has eight sold-out shows at the Airdrie Arts Center this month
Imagine That has eight sold-out shows at the Airdrie Arts Center this month

Goldilocks was the group’s 28th production since the group’s inception in 2014, including seven virtual shows as they worked hard to continue offering classes during lockdown and blackout periods – and they have four more planned. for next year, including 2022 panto Aladdin.

The founder of the performing arts group, Kieran McMath, said: “We were especially excited to share our production Goldilocks; tickets sold out within seconds when we first announced the show and we added extra performances to double the amount we would usually make.

“The kids worked so hard to perfect the performance and made their roles their own, and we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

“Our goal is to ensure that the theater is open to all children, so we keep the costs of the lessons as low as possible and parents are not expected to cover the cost of the costumes for the performances.

“This means we are fundraising a lot for costumes, staff, scripts, and venue rentals, so this donation from Dawn Homes is awesome and will help us deliver more shows for the community next year.”

He and his fellow Imagine That director Aidan Miller received the check from Dawn Homes – who are building their new development from Mayfields to Glenmavis in Airdrie – alongside young cast from the hit production Goldilocks.

Kieran added of the band and their new studio, “It has become a home from home for our members. We all know them so well and seeing how they develop their skills and shine when the curtain opens is always very rewarding.

“The performing arts have had a particularly tough few years, and this extends to the next generation of extracurricular groups, which has encouraged us to explore online courses, feature films and virtual shows that have meant so much to our community. community. “

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