Residents of the Alumwell district of Walsall enjoyed a community performance of Snow White thanks to funding from the Big Lottery's Fair Share scheme.
The area, with support from the Birmingham Foundation, will receive £818,000 over the next ten years as part of a Government drive to support deprived communities. The money will fund projects that get the whole community actively involved in issues affecting their neighbourhood, develop skills or create new jobs.
The projects are identified by a special community panel that includes local rests, a representative from the Birmingham Foundation and representatives from local community associations, faith groups, schools and employers.
The Snow White project was one of the first recipients of the Fair Share funding in Alumwell, receiving £2,000 towards the costs of putting on the show.
Eileen Edwards, Chair of People of the Alumwell Residents and Tenants Association (PARTA), said: "The idea to stage Snow White came from the local children, many of whom were keen to get involved in a drama project.
"Dance and drama lessons initially began in September last year but became so popular that the children decided to stage a play for friends and family.
Rehearsals took place three times a week for three hours at a time and the parents got involved making scenery, helping with make-up and managing the sound and lighting.
"None of the children had any background in drama, singing or dancing but the performance was a tremendous success, with several children being invited to join established drama groups on the strength of their performances.
"We're delighted with the success of our first venture and hope to encourage more children, particularly boys, to take part in our next performance - Cinderella."
John Buckle, Project Manager of Birmingham Foundation, said: "We are delighted to have played our part in bringing this play to the stage and are pleased by the positive reaction within the community."