There is good news for the ambitious members of Highbury Little Theatre - and for the group's neighbours in Sutton Coldfield.
Sutton Coldfield Municipal Charities has made the theatre a grant of £100,000 to launch its planned £406,000 development, which is to be coupled with improvement of its existing facilities and car park.
The first move will be to demolish the old dilapidated wooden hut where rehearsals have taken place for many, as this will contribute to the enlargement of the theatre car park and the removal of patrons' cars from the street, where they have been a source of irritation to residents of Sheffield Road and Yew Tree Road for years.
Meanwhile, the theatre is trying to raise the £350,000 that is still needed to improve front-of-house facilities.
Amateur theatre sometimes has its own fairy tales. The latest example concerns actress Margaret Boschie, who has pursued her hobby for 65 of her 73 years, mainly with her local group, the Nantwich Players, in Cheshire.
But five nights ago, conditioned to appearing before audiences of about two dozen people, Margaret opened in the starring role of A Family of Women - on Broadway.
The play was written by Karlton Parris, who also started his amateur career in Nantwich, and it not only scored a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - it was chosen from more than 1,000 scripts to be launched in New York as part of the New York International Fringe Festival.
As she prepared for her d>but at Broadway's Access Theatre, Margaret - a retired accountant - was full of praise for the play's creator. She said, "Karlton is a tremendously talented playwright and director and I love working with him.
"I owe all of this to him. He has made me into so much of a better actress. I've learned more in the last few months with him than I had in 65 years of acting."