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Show gangs find theatre prize worth fighting over

By SPP Reporter

Sharks and Jets from Starlight's production of West Side Story get ready to rumble over Eden Court's prize ticket.
Sharks and Jets from Starlight's production of West Side Story get ready to rumble over Eden Court's prize ticket.

The cast from Starlight Musical Theatre’s production of West Side Story were helping to launch Eden Court ‘s Big Ticket Prize Draw today.

The Big Ticket gives everybody who makes a donation of at least £5 the chance to be entered into a draw to win the ultimate arts-lover's prize.

It includes two free tickets for everything at Eden Court for the whole of 2015 including 400 live performances, 30 different films each month at the cinema and 60 classes a week.

To celebrate winning, Eden Court will also treat the winner and a friend to a complimentary three course meal in the theatre’s restaurant.

Eden Court development manager Alison Logsdail said: "As well as this being an amazing prize for the lucky winner, The Big Ticket is a really important fundraising appeal for us.

"We are facing further cuts to our funding next year so we need all the help we can get to ensure we can keep bringing great events to the Highlands and offer creative learning across the region.

"We hope the chance to win this amazing prize will encourage lots of people to make a donation.

"Eden Court is one of the busiest theatres in the country attracting around 350,000 visitors a year. Like most arts venues, Eden Court relies on public and private support to help meet its costs.

"As a registered charity we receive a public subsidy which covers less than a quarter of our costs. And on average we keep about 20% of what you pay for a ticket to a show as most of it pays the performers or producer.

"This means that even if we sold every ticket to every show we still need to find a way of covering a gap in our funding."

The Big Ticket launch called on the talents of Starlight's performers and those cast as members of the two warring gangs at the heart of the group's new production of West Side Story. Featuring a 35-strong cast and an orchestra, the show starts on Wednesday and runs till next Saturday (Aug 23).

It follows on from the success of the community musical theatre group’s recent shows at Eden Court, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Jesus Christ Superstar.

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