A VERY successful run of the Snow White pantomime saw Forefront Stage School donate a cheque of £515 to Scottish Autism.

The play ran throughout the month of January at Alloa Town Hall with donations being collected after each performance.

Scottish Autism was one of two charities selected by the theatre group to receive the grants.

Karen Wilson, income generation lead at Scottish Autism, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as a beneficiary following Forefront’s panto run.

“We offered advice to them ahead of their relaxed performance, and it is great that they received fantastic feedback and generosity from their audience.”

Forefront put on several shows throughout the year, with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves the latest production put out by the school.

Featuring a host of Clacks residents stepping into the roles, the plays have proven popular over the years, particularly the Christmas pantos.

The Covid lockdown forced the school to stop in person productions, with Snow White being the first panto carried out.

Amber Clark, principal of Forefront, said: “In early January, Forefront had a really successful run of Snow White, the first panto we’ve been able to perform since 2020.

“Audiences were delighted to get back and our cast received fantastic feedback, applause and standing ovations.

“Additionally, our audiences donated generously at the end of each performance and we split the donation between two very worthwhile and local causes.

“We opened this year with our first relaxed performance and I was delighted that this was supported and enjoyed by Scottish Autism, and therefore felt it was very appropriate to return this support.”

A relaxed performance is a show that has been adapted to suit people who might require a more relaxed environment when going to the theatre.

This is particularly appealing to people on the Autism spectrum who may experience sensory overload from loud noises or bright lights.

Alongside Scottish Autism, Forefront donated money to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

The school have a big year planned with the tenth anniversary of Amber taking on the role as principal and are already looking ahead to their next production.

This will be a rendition of Matilda and will feature a mix of songs over the hits of their shows from the last ten years with some current music mixed in too.