Theatre revamp fit for stars

Friends of Thornton Little Theatre with Gary Bullen (left) in the newly developed changing rooms.

Friends of Thornton Little Theatre with Gary Bullen (left) in the newly developed changing rooms.

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Thespians have welcomed a £3,000 investment in facilities at Thornton Little Theatre.

The facility on Victoria Road East now boasts three purpose built dressing rooms, fit for any budding actor, as well as a revamped reception area.

The redevelopment has been funded by The Friends of Thornton Little Theatre, who have raised thousands of pounds since setting up in 2004 to keep the local venue alive.

John Allman, chairman of the friends group, said: “It’s great to see the new dressing rooms here, they look really good and after several years of refurbishments at Thornton Little Theatre they are the icing on the cake.”

The refurbishment includes lighting and clothing rails plus a lit-up mirror fit for any starlet.

Doreen Astin, who has produced Arsenic and Old Lace, being performed by The Windmill Players at the theatre this week, said the players have welcomed the new facilities.

She added: “I’m sure the actors and actresses are chuffed, it seems they feel better for being able to use the facilities they have now.

“We’re lucky that we have this facility.

“It has a lovely family feel to the theatre.”

Mr Allman added: “We have worked really hard at events, running the bar, selling teas and coffees and fund-raising to support this fantastic venue.

“We are really pleased to be working alongside Wyre Council to put money back into the theatre for local people to enjoy.

“The dressing rooms now offer a space that we can really be proud of.”

The dressing rooms will not only be enjoyed by casts performing at the theatre but by bridal parties using the venue for weddings.

Wyre Council has also refurbished the venue’s reception area to complete the theatre’s renovation.

To find out more about the theatre or to see what’s on, visit www.wyretheatres.co.uk

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