Hartlepool performer Carolyn Lithgo set to star in Footloose at the Sunderland Empire

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A THRILLED Hartlepool performer is set to star in a North-East stage production.

Carolyn Lithgo has landed a leading role in the Sunderland Empire production of Footloose.

The 21-year-old from the Park Road area of Hartlepool plays the mother of the lead dancer in Footloose. She said: “This is definitely the biggest show I have played in, especially since it is the Empire Theatre which is a North-East landmark.”

Her character features from the start of the show which has its first night on Thursday, August 1. The former English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College and Sacred Heart Primary School pupil said: “At the moment, I am excited with it all but I am sure when it gets closer to the day the nerves will kick in.

“I just hope they subside once we reach the opening night. I will have my friends and family there for support.”

Carolyn, a student at Durham University, is in the final year of her Biomedical Sciences (BSc) degree. She lives at home with her dad David, a retired operations engineer with Hartlepool Water, mum Elizabeth, a carer, and youngster sister Suzanne, who also studies at Durham University. She first became interested in the stage after a trip to the West End as a 16-year-old.

She landed a part in Footloose after taking part in the Empire’s annual Stage Experience summer school, where children from across the region get a chance to learn theatre skills.

Footloose runs until Saturday, August 3.

Tickets cost from £9 to £17, are available by calling 0844 871 3022 or online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland. A booking fee applies.