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MACT's Alice in Wonderland delights audiences young and old

Plenty of colour, quirky characters and creativity was on show in Moree last month when Moree Arts Community Theatre (MACT) wrapped up a successful show season of Alice in Wonderland the Musical.

The sell-out local production was so popular that an additional show was added on the final weekend, seeing a total of six shows sell out when it took the stage in October and early November.

All up 314 tickets were sold, which first-time director Greg Fisher said was pleasing, considering numbers were restricted for each show as a result of COVID-19.

"I was very happy with ticket sales," he said.

"It was a shame that more people couldn't see it; we would have liked to have put on more shows but due to COVID with seating and everyone being volunteers, it made it difficult."

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Alice in Wonderland was the biggest show MACT has put on to date and the first major musical undertaking since the amateur theatre group was established.

Fisher said the show ended up exceeding all expectations, with only positive feedback coming from the community.

"It went surprisingly well," he said.

"All the actors stepped up and came out of their skins and put on an amazing performance.

"Some of the feedback I've received is that it was great for all ages; people were happy to see a family show. People also said it was also great to have something to go to during COVID times."

Fisher said the bright costumes and props brought the musical to life and made it "pop", with plenty of positive comments about the puppets in the show, which were made by Danii'Elle Haley.

There were a number of new faces amongst the cast of Alice in Wonderland, who Fisher said "shined", but none more-so than first-time performer Chantelle Shipman who made the lead role of Alice her own.

"Chantelle really stepped up and carried the show," Fisher said.

"It's great to discover such talent in town."

Fisher thanked the Moree Military Museum for the use of the space to put on the show.

"It was an amazing space," he said.

"I think it brought back a lot of memories for people who had been in or seen shows there years ago.

"I hope we've created a relationship for future shows."

Meanwhile, MACT is hoping to build on the success of Alice in Wonderland, with planning underway to put on two shows in 2021.

Potential directors presented proposals for 2021 shows at the MACT AGM on Sunday.

Following the AGM, Stevie Drenkhahn remains as president, Will Penfold will continue as treasurer and Greg Cumberland has held his position as secretary, while Tim Barklay took over the role of vice president from Rebecca Reardon who has stepped down from the committee.