SEVERAL Keighley-district performers are amongst the cast preparing to take centre stage for Bingley Little Theatre's latest production.

Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed 1970s musical comedy Company will be presented at Bingley Arts Centre from July 1 to 6.

Emily Brook, from Oakworth, who plays April, is making her Bingley Little Theatre debut.

But she has a long list of stage roles on her CV including Sandy in Grease, Pearl from Starlight Express and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's Truly Scrumptious.

She is the niece of Bingley Little Theatre regular Nicola Brook, who also appears in Company.

Keighley-born Helen Gallagher is playing the part of Jenny.

She has appeared with Open Stage, Camarata, Bradford Players and Bingley Amateurs in a variety of roles.

And she performed with fellow cast member Kathryn Mitchell in Keighley Amateurs’ production of The King and I several years ago.

Helen has been working as an English language tutor in South Korea, and this is her first musical theatre role since returning to Yorkshire.

Kathryn – who appears as Susan – has been seen in plays and musicals across West Yorkshire, with credits including Hayfever, Hello, Dolly! and Made in Dagenham, as well as The King and I.

Her popular alter ego Kitty La Mare was created in Keighley in 2013, following a conversation with the owner of a vintage tearoom.

Kathryn says: "Since creating Kitty I’ve performed at many Keighley and Haworth venues and events, and further afield.

"Performing songs by artists such as The Andrews Sisters, Vera Lynn and Ella Fitzgerald is hugely different to performing in Sondheim’s iconic musical, Company. I’ve never tackled Sondheim before but am really enjoying the intricate music. My character Susan is also another challenge – it's the first time I have played anyone with a southern US accent!"

She adds: "It’s fantastic to be reunited with Helen, after performing together many years ago with Keighley Amateurs.

"It’s also great to be back on the Bingley Arts Centre stage, in a different guise. I’m usually here hosting 1940s-style afternoon tea events as Kitty La Mare!"

Company is directed by Rachel Conyers. Musical director is Ian Sapiro, and choreographer Julie Boldy.

It's presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Tickets are £15, plus booking fee.

Visit Alternatively, call in person at the box office or phone 01274 567983, between 10am and 1pm weekdays.

A signed performance takes place on July 2.