‘Full house’ for virtual panto

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Spotlight Theatre reeled in lots of bookings to see its virtual panto at Oban’s Phoenix Cinema.

About 180 seats were snapped up by festive funsters earlier this month who enjoyed the musical theatre group’s three socially-distanced screenings of its 2015 filmed version of Puss In Boots over one weekend.

Although the community-singing had to be edited out of the film-version to stay within Covid safety guidelines, Puss In Boots and other leading characters put in a personal appearance with ushers dressed as elves.

Screen star, Sue Baker as Puss In Boots
Puss In Boots virtual panto screenings were brought to the Phoenix Cinema by Spotlight Musical Theatre group

Spotlight’s Kevin Baker said: ‘With about 180 seats filled over the weekend, and keeping social distancing in mind, we were very nearly at full capacity. Obviously it was a shame that not more people could get in to see it but at least we managed to find a way of  bringing some panto joy to Oban. It was a great partnership between ourselves and the cinema, thanks to everyone who made it possible. It was well worth doing.’

And he added: ‘Back to live theatre next year we hope! It may well be that a pantomime will be the first show we stage as rehearsals usually start in August, fingers crossed by that time life will have got back to some kind of normality!’