Singer’s delight at Dreamboats and Miniskirts role

Dreamboats and Miniskirts is coming to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Elizabeth Carter as Laura.

Dreamboats and Miniskirts is coming to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Elizabeth Carter as Laura.

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A WASHINGTON actress has stepped back in time to the swingin’ sixties to get toes tapping in a hit show.

Elizabeth Carter, from Rickleton, is donning a thigh-skimming costume for Dreamboats and Miniskirts, a sequel to the hugely successful Dreamboats and Petticoats.

SWINGIN' SHOW ... Win tickets to see Dreamboats and Miniskirts at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

SWINGIN' SHOW ... Win tickets to see Dreamboats and Miniskirts at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

Following on from the original, the action moves on to the early 1960s.

Elizabeth plays leading lady Laura and she’s looking forward to performing the role in front of friends and family when the show runs at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal next week.

“We’ve been touring since July last year and just started up again after Christmas, and I’m so excited for the week in Newcastle,” said the former Rickleton Primary School pupil.

“I’ve played Laura before in Dreamboats and Petticoats and she’s my favourite character – I love playing her.

Dreamboats and Miniskirts is coming to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

Dreamboats and Miniskirts is coming to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

“The songs I get to sing in Miniskirts are brilliant. The show basically takes the central characters from Petticoats and catches up with them three years down the line.

“It’s the start of the 1960s and all the music in the show is from that era.

“When I did Petticoats, I hardly knew any of the songs at first, but with Miniskirts, we’re starting to get into the music my parents listened to while I was growing up so I know it a lot more.”

The 29-year-old added: “The show is so much fun and it’s the kind where everyone leaves in a good mood.

“You can only really see the first few rows because of the lights, but it’s so lovely to look out and see everyone tapping their feet and singing along.

“Some shows go down better in some places, but this show has been getting such a great reaction no matter where we’ve been.

“Newcastle is going to be the big one for me though. I grew up going to see shows there so it’s a dream come true to be performing there in a leading role.”

l Dreamboats and Miniskirts is at Newcastle Theatre Royal from January 20-24. Tickets for the show cost from £14. To book, go to www.theatreroyal.co.uk or call the box office on 08448 112 121.