Going to the macrobert pantomime every year inspired Angela Hardie to become an actress.
So it seems fitting that the Falkirk woman takes on the lead role in the 2012 show.
The former Comely Park Primary School pupil is playing Cinderella in the much loved fairy tale at macrobert, Stirling from November 28 to December 31.
Angela (24) can’t wait for the curtain to go up for her first ever pantomime role.
She said: “When I was a pupil at Comely Park we were taken to the macrobert panto and I remember loving the audience participation and getting involved in the show. It is probably where my love of theatre stems from.”
Angela went to the weekend youth theatre classes at macrobert from the ages of 11-15 and picked up Higher drama qualifications at Dollar Academy. She decided to make her career in acting and studied the craft at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.
She has appeared in various short films and television programmes including BBC Three comedy ‘Pramface’ as well as lots of theatre productions thanks to her time with the Dundee Rep, however ‘Cinderella’ will be her first panto.
Angela said: “The rehearsals have been going really well, Johnny McKnight has written a great script with a lot of laughs but there is a nice message at the heart of it too. And Jonathan Holt and Richard Conlon, who play the Ugly Sisters are absolutely hilarious. It’s a fantastic show for all the family.”
Anglea’s family, mum Robina, dad Tom and sisters Sarah and Rachel will be heading through from Falkirk to see the show and fittingly, coming to see her first theatre performance is her two-year-old niece Sophia.
“It’s lovely, the macrobert panto was one of my first tastes of theatre and now it will be Sophia’s too.”
‘Cinderella’ will be at macrobert arts centre in Stirling from November 28 to December 31. Tickets cost from £8.50-17.50 and are available from www.macrobert.org or by calling 01786 466666.