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    Alton am-dram’s new sound equipment is music to your ears

    Thursday 28th February 2013

    The days of straining to hear musical lyrics or sparkling dialogue are over for Alton’s theatre-lovers after a grant provided a local group with new hi-tech radio mics.

    Alton Operatic and Dramatic Society will be using six new radio mics, funded in part by a £450 grant from East Hampshire District Council, during its performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore next week.

    Robert Hudd, AODS Stage Manager, said: “For several years audience members have experienced problems with hearing dialogue and songs as the cast have struggled to make themselves heard.

    “Thanks to the grant from EHDC we have been able to purchase six new radio mics which has led to a step-change in the quality – and most importantly clarity – of the sound in our productions. People will be able to experience this for themselves if they come to next week’s production.”

    The new sound equipment cost around £1,000 and will further enhance the reputation of the group which has been entertaining Alton audiences for 90 years.

    The £450 grant was approved by EHDC’s Community Forum for the Alton area. The Forum chairman Cllr Chris Graham said he was thrilled to be able to support the society.

    “Groups like this hugely enrich the local community, and they do it by working hard and giving time entirely off their own backs,” he said.

    “This is a very popular society which has provided so many people with so many great nights out for more than 90 years and I am delighted we have been able to help them in some way.”

    Ruddigore is being played at the Assembly Rooms in Alton between March 6-9. For more information go to www.aods.org.

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