The cast of this year’s Aberdeen Student Show, Mary Torphins, were caught red-handed as fairytale sneaks at the weekend.
Five students - camouflaged in bright purple jumpers - descended upon the renowned home of retired technician Eddie Stevenson MBE in Ashgrove Road West.
Their targets were the various fairytale characters which have lit up Eddie’s family home every Christmas for the last 30 years, and are hugely popular with some of the city’s youngest citizens.
Third-year politics student and Mary Torphins cast member Kyle Shand was one of those who crept into the garden decorated with ornaments including a Postman Pat van, along with the three little pigs, Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket.
He explained: “We’re trying to recreate a well known place in Aberdeen onstage and Eddie’s characters are just perfect for it!”
However, Eddie uncovered the students’ bid to target the decorations that attract hundreds of people from around the North-east when he caught them snooping round his garage.
“When I found out they were here from Aberdeen Student Show, I was only too happy to help!” he said.
“I’ve worked with the Aberdeen Students’ Charities Campaign many times before and really admire the hard work of the students.”
Eddie has previously lent the fairytale characters for the Torcher Parade, but this is the first time that his home-made statues will feature in a student show.
A Burgess of the Guild and awarded an MBE in 2009, Eddie has raised over £185,000 for charities working with children with special needs over the 30 years from the Christmas display in his front garden.
The festive displays feature well-known characters such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Postman Pat, Thomas the Tank Engine, Shrek, Cinderella, Winnie the Pooh and Donald Duck.
Opening at His Majesty’s Theatre on Wednesday (April 18), this year’s student show is a Doric parody of the much-loved, Disney classic Mary Poppins, with performances until Saturday.
Kyle added: “The show is looking and sounding great, and with all the magic that Mary is sure to bring it’ll be an amazing show!”
Tickets for Mary Torphins are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.