MUSICAL theatre group Centre Stage played to sell-out audiences during its three-night summer show, with standing ovations and the extra drama of an audience evacuation due to a fire alarm all adding to the excitement!

The talented performers played to packed audiences of 350 people nightly during their run last week at the Loch Centre, Tranent.

The summer show, entitled Musical Mash-Up, had been changed from its original dates after the General Election took the venue out of action.

The company quickly rearranged the show’s three-night run for last week and the cast took to the stage on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with a spectacular showcase of talent.

The summer show was the first with Kimberley Torley as producer, after she took over the post in January this year.

She said: “I was bursting with pride watching my outstanding cast perform their hearts out.”

And there was added drama on the final night when the fire alarm was triggered at the Loch Centre, sending the audience, cast and fellow centre users outside.

The centre was evacuated as a fire crew attended to deal with the alarm, which was set off by a smoke machine, before everyone was able to return to their seats.

The cast, however, were not put off their stride.

Katie McFarlane, posting on the Courier’s Facebook page, said: “This did not phase the talented cast of Centre Stage: an amazing final night, showcasing the talent of local kids and adults alike.”

Loch Centre operators enjoyleisure said talks would be held with show organisers to discuss future measures to prevent such occurrences happening during future presentations.