A West End star from Washington has finally had the chance to step into the spotlight on the Sunderland Empire stage.
Elizabeth Carter, 30, who grew up in Rickleton, is back in her home region this week to bring the sound of the Swinging Sixties home in musical Dreamboats and Miniskirts.
It’s a sequel to the successful Dreamboats and Petticoats show, spawned from the multi-million-selling album series of the same name.
The former Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy pupil says she’s having great fun being back on the stage she last performed on as a teenager, before her career took off.
She said: “I last sang there when I was 16 with the Rotary Club. Whenever we went to the theatre when I was growing up, it was always the Empire. But this is the first time I’ve performed there professionally.”
The show features hits including Twist & Shout, Handy Man, Pretty Woman, One Fine Day and more.
It transports the audience back to 1963 and features the same characters from the original musical.
For Bobby and Laura, their first single, Dreamboats and Petticoats, went to the top of the charts, but they haven’t been able to repeat that success.
Liz, who plays Laura, said: “I think Dreamboats and Petticoats was such a success because it really transported people back to a time they enjoyed.
“The three central pairs of characters were lovable and people were intrigued by them.
“So the producers decided to follow their story up, to show what had happened to them, which is how Dreamboats and Miniskirts came about.”