A historic theatre in Ulverston has seen its first rehearsals since it was taken over by the council.

Westmorland and Furness Council took over management of much-loved community, arts and cultural theatre The Coro on January 1.

The authority said it was committed to keeping the venue operating and retaining the current temporary pop-up library offer.

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The fun rehearsals were part of Ulverston Pantomime Society's forthcoming production of The Snow Queen.

The production is the society's 75th since 1948 - with one year lost to Covid in 2021 - and runs from January 24 to 27. 

Chairman of the society Bob Needham, who also plays the Dame in the play, said: "Times remain challenging, especially financially, but there is no lack of enthusiasm within the society to progress through the next 75 years from the youngest performer of about six years old to the oldest who is over 60 years their senior.

"The society is pleased and proud to return to The Coro with our 75th production of The Snow Queen.

"As was in 1948, and the first pantomime, we are delighted to still be performing at the beautiful Coro 75 years later.

"This fabulous theatre is our spiritual home and we all adore looking out from the stage to a theatre full of laughing children and their parents."

The audience can join residents of Pickle Town as they embark on a mission to rescue Hanky from the evil Snow Queen.

The fabulous show is promised to be stacked with great gags, fabulous dancing, end-to-end physical comedy, three outstanding baddies and various local talent to add colour to the stage at The Coro.

The Mail: Members of the Snow Queen cast rehearsingUlverston Pantomime Society formed in 1948 with its first production of Aladdin. 

Mr Needham added: "The society is a real team-based group from the dedicated front-of-house team through the stage manager and backstage crew, as well as the cast, dancers and show director."

"We all work closely together and support each other. As chairman my role comprises of being both a support to the others in their roles as well as leading on interfacing with The Coro in terms of the society's needs for the show every year.

"It is, however, important to underline that we all work together to deliver a successful show and a viable society."