LYME Regis Pantomime Society has been busy during lockdown thinking of imaginative ways to raise funds for its next production, despite the COVID-19 restrictions.
The pantomime society is a volunteer-led, not-for-profit group and it costs between £10,000 and £12,000 to stage its annual productions in February.
Producer and director Sarah Causley commented: “As is the case with all our local groups and societies, the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown has really affected our fundraising efforts.
“We have remained positive and are already planning auditions, casting and rehearsals for September following all the guidelines given with regard to COVID-19.
“However, it was actually questionable as to whether, presuming we are allowed, we would be able to afford to stage our show in February 2021. Fortunately though, tough times like these bring out the best in people, and we have actually managed a number of fundraising events.”
The society has already hosted two virtual bingo nights raising more than £250, and a Body Shop hamper raffle, tickets for which are still available and will be drawn at the end of the month.
Pantomime supporter Joshua Denning and his mum Annette have also raised about £100 by selling homemade baked-goods.
A special thanks has also been given to wardrobe mistress Hilary Smith who has been busy during lockdown making and selling face masks, with a percentage of the proceeds going to the pantomime society, totalling £250.
Sarah added: “Hilary is an amazing lady and I feel so fortunate to have her, and our other wonderful members working hard to make sure the show can go on.
“I just wanted to say a personal thank you to everyone who has worked hard to raise funds or who has contributed to our society by supporting events.
“We are looking forward to staging ‘Peter Pan’ for our local community in February 2021, or whenever it is safe to do so.”