AN actress from Mid Cheshire is in the spotlight with her first Broadway show.
Thirty years of theatrical work finally paid off for Helen Gresty of Yew Tree Court, Wimboldsley because 2005 will go down as a year of awards and a first Broadway appearance.
She has been in New York since Thursday, appearing in A Family Of Women - a five woman show by playwright Karlton Parris.
She returns from the seven-night Broadway run tomorrow, when she will be greeted off the plane by husband Mike. He said: 'It's fantastic. She's been acting for 30 years with the Davenham & Sandiway Players and I always knew she was a superstar, but to hit Broadway is just fabulous.'
She was part of a quintet approached by Karlton Parris in February to appear in his play, a story of a mother and four daughters set just after the Second World War.
'They rehearsed the play and were hoping to put it on at the Edinburgh Fringe,' said Mike.
'But Karlton also sent it to New York and it was one of only three English plays chosen from over 1,000 to be put on in New York.'
Earlier this year, Helen won the Cheshire Theatre Guild for Best Supporting Actress, but compared to that, however, Mr Gresty believes the Broadway appearance is something very special.
For more on Helen's adventure, see next week's Chronicle.