TALENTED children from Maria Fischer’s Windermere and Furness School of Dancing will be performing Coppelia next week at the Coronation Hall in Ulverston.

The performances will be on Friday and Saturday at 7pm - and the show promises to give audiences a magical evening.

The ballet school is celebrating 30 years since it first opened its doors in 1991.

The 75 children, aged from four years to 18, have worked tirelessly with commitment and dedication to bring their love of dance and music to the Coronation Hall stage.

The show is billed as: “Set to Delibes beautiful score the story tells the tale of a beautiful girl who appears on the balcony of Dr Coppelius’s house.

“No-one is more intrigued than the lively local girl Swanilda - except perhaps her lover Frank, who is utterly enchanted. How can Swanilda win back Franz’s heart?

“Eccentric Dr Coppelia is secretly a toy- maker; and the mysterious girl is his favourite creation, a mechanical doll called Coppelia. As the characters gather inside his fantastical toy factory, the toy- makers ultimate dream comes true and Coppelia comes to life... or does she?”

Youngsters are sharing the leading roles with 18-year-old Mia Griffiths taking the role of Swanilda for the Friday performance and 17-year-old Elizabeth Bunter for the Saturday performance.

Dr Coppelius will be danced by 17-year-old Marcia Copeland for the Friday performance and 17-year-old Zosia Sharp for the Saturday shw.

Swanilda’s Friends will be performed by Isla Dove, 11, Esmee Pybis, 12, Amelia Hardwick, 12, Ines Fogharty, 13, Mary-Kate Johnson, 15, and Ella Biggins, 15.

The role of Franz, Swanilda’s lover, will be performed by 21-year-old Malachi Briant who is currently studying Music and Dance at Trinity Laban, London.

The school’s principal Maria Fischer said: ”I am delighted Malachi will be returning to take part in our Schools Performance.

“Malachi has made a few trips back throughout the year to rehearse with the lead cast. It is wonderful to welcome him back to the school."

To get tickets for the event, visit The Coro website at: www.thecoro.co.uk