Kirriemuir Panto Group

Kirriemuir

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Kirriemuir Panto Group is a non profit making organisation. Our aim is to stage an annual pantomime for our local community. The show is produced, directed and performed by local residents from all walks of life, secondary school age children to senior citizens. We are an inclusive organisation that aims to support local talent, develop skills and fulfil ambitions of being on the stage in a friendly social environment.

Group introduction

Kirriemuir panto group, a non profit making organisation established circa 1985 is ran by a group of volunteers who form the committee. Our aim is to stage an annual pantomime for our local community. The show is produced, directed and performed by local residents from all walks of life, secondary school age children to senior citizens. We are an inclusive organisation that aims to support local talent, develop skills and fulfil ambitions of being on the stage in a friendly social environment. We make adaptations to our shows where appropriate to ensure we promote equal opportunities which allows everyone to be involved within the Panto Group. We have provisions in place to accommodate wheel chair users on our stage and last year included makaton sign language within our production to raise awareness of this vital form of communication. Our project involves the entire community that works together with a vast diverse range of people, abilities, and ages. Regularly in our shows we have children and adults with special needs and learning difficulties. Our cast and crew members are made up of members who have hearing loss and members who require help with reading and writing. We hope to make our production more attractive to all and offer a bigger and better programme for everyone, by looking forward to the current trends in cinema and musical productions which will make the shows current and more appealing to a wider group of people. The cast and crew all help to make each production as fun as possible and youthful members play a vital part in the committee. There is a feeling of inclusiveness within the panto group with t-shirts and sweatshirts allowing the members to be proud of the group and allow ownership for the success of each show. Whilst performing for our local community, this allows us to showcase the talent of the cast and also embrace the culture of the town and local community. Some of our previous cast have gone on to secure places in Knightswood
School in Glasgow, Guildford Performing Arts in London, Italia Conti in London and Mountview also in London and we are very proud of them all. Overall we feel it improves the community by teaching and enhancing stage crafts and production, this helps build relationships between generations and empowering people on stage and off to gain confidence. The cast also includes people from deprived category backgrounds and has allowed them to gain skills which have improved interview skills and gain employment. The bulk of our income comes from ticket sales and small fundraisers ran by the committee throughout the year such as supermarket bag packs and quiz nights. On a yearly basis we spend thousands of pounds to hire the necessary equipment to create a visually stimulating performance which allows those who may have visual or hearing impairments to fully enjoy the pantomime experience as well as our wider audience since we have never had the funds in place to purchase our own equipment unfortunately. If successful with our application, funding would
enable us to purchase different equipment that will give us a vast range of effects to enhance our unique performances and
make it visually better for our audience and make it a success. This equipment will be used throughout our performances year after year to supply an exciting, dramatic and stimulating show for all. The equipment will be used throughout our intense rehearsal schedule which will culminate in the final week of our show. The whole community will benefit from this both on stage and off, all abilities, all ages young and old, bringing fun, laughter and enjoyment to everyone in our local community.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

Panto is known for the ‘unexpected’. The addition of machinery to create this over the last few years has shown that the audience really gets involved when there are additional effects throughout the show. The sounds and effects created, not only appeal to the audience, but the feedback encourages the cast to raise the bar as they enjoy the audience involvement.
Using the funding to supply equipment will enhance our performance in the hope that we will attract a new audience along with our existing friends to watch the new features and special effects. By supplying Kirriemuir Panto with this funding to enable us to purchase different machines that will give us a vast range of effects to enhance our unique performances and make it visually better for our audience and make it a success. This equipment will be used throughout our performances year after year to supply an exciting, dramatic and stimulating show for all. The equipment will be used throughout our intense rehearsal schedule which will culminate in the final week of our show. The whole community will benefit from this both on stage and off, all abilities, all ages young and old, bringing fun, laughter and enjoyment to everyone in our local community.

"Kirriemuir Panto Group is dedicated to providing an opportunity to nurture individual talent with the aim of producing an annual pantomime for the enjoyment of the community - Gary Lawrence (President)"

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