REHEARSALS are fully underway for Alloa Academy’s annual Christmas pantomime.

The cast has been chosen, the script has been written and the school is gearing up for their performance of The Magical Beanstalk and the Gingerbread House.

Due to be held across four shows on Wednesday, December 13 and Thursday, December 14, the cast comprises pupils from S1 to S6.

Jamie Jack, principal teacher of the creative and aesthetic subjects faculty, is delighted with the progress made and looks forward to hosting the Wee County for their show.

He said: “I am very excited to be working with a talented group of young people, both in the main cast and behind the scenes on this year’s school pantomime The Magical Beanstalk and the Gingerbread House.

“These people work immensely hard and promote the Alloa Academy values – respect, ambition, resilience, to the highest level.

“This will be our sixth school pantomime production and the fairytale stories of Jack and the Beanstalk and Hansel and Gretel get put together in our unique version.

“This will be fun, full of adventure, and with plenty of time to boos, hiss and cheer.

“It is important to thank our valued sponsors, our whole school community, and in particular to our fantastic Alloa Academy Parent Council.”

Rehearsals got underway in August and have been taking place every Thursday and Friday evening to ensure the cast is prepared for the show.

The school received a visit from Christopher White, the volunteer development officer at the Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface in September.

He presented the cast members of last year’s show, Little Red and the enchanted Red Rose, with Saltire Awards.

The CTSI form one of several locally based sponsors of this year’s pantomime, joining Alloa First, Ochil View Housing, West End Skoda Garage, Indigo Sun and Stirling Valet Service.

Each show day will feature a day performance for feeder primary schools, while the evening performance will be for the wider public.

Tickets will be on sale shortly and are expected to cost £4 per adult and £2 per child.