The Saltburn Theatre Magical Transformation project can now go ahead with the refurbishment of the theatre and the installment of modern sound and lighting equipment after having secured a £50,000 Big Lottery Fund grant.
That means performers will no longer need to provide their own equipment - and will increase the range of productions the theatre can offer the community.
The project is one of four local groups celebrating a shared total of £192,128 this week after winning over the public with their inspirational ideas.
This is the eighth year that the Big Lottery Fund and ITV have given the public the chance to choose where the Lottery good cause cash goes in their region.
The People’s Millions public vote determines which deserving cause will win the contest and take the funding back to their community.
The competition first began in 2005 and has funded 596 diverse community projects UK-wide with more than £30 million in Big Lottery Fund cash.
The Royal Voluntary Service’s ‘RVS Men in the Workshop’ in Northumberland secured a £49,385 bonus award, as the runner-up with the most phone votes across the week.
The money will enable it to make a real difference bringing older men and young people together, to share skills and conversation through practical work and activities.
Dawn Austwick, chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “This is a brilliant result for the people of Saltburn and Northumberland and shows what groups can achieve when they have the support of their community behind them."