The theatre roof goes on but the work continues..

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THE scaffolding is down and the roof is on.

Now the extension to Hebden Bridge Little Theatre has been revealed in all its glory.

But it is only the first phase of the £75,000 Raise the Roof campaign to create much-needed extra accommodation over the bar and lounge.

Alterations and improvements have been carried out at the threatre since it opened in 1993.

But this is the biggest and most important project to date.

The extension gives the company extra dressing rooms, more space for storing props and costumes but most importantly a separate meeting and rehearsal area so productions can overlap.

Project manager Steve Hirst said: “It has been hard going, particularly trying to fit the work in between productions without causing too much disruption.

“But the deadlines were met and we are thrilled with the end product – but it is just the beginning, as we now have to raise the money to do the internal fittings.”

So that people see the progress so far, the theatre is having an open morning from 10am on Saturday, December 10.

President Vaughan Leslie said: “So many people have supported us in this venture and we hope they will come along, enjoy a guided tour and some refreshments.”

That evening, the Little Theatre will be staging their ever-popular Christmas Concert, starting at 7.30.

There will be minced pies and mulled wine thrown in with the cost of the £5 ticket, which can be booked on 843907.

The priority now of the theatre is to continue raising money to complete the extension.

A season of five plays has been agreed for 2012 which includes “Blood Brothers”, “Spider’s Web”, “A Christmas Carol” and a play by the theatre’s junior section.

There will be the Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society concert in March, a production by the Grim North Theatre Company, and events linked to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.