LOUISE Henry will swap flat whites for Snow White this winter after being picked to lead the Grand Opera House pantomime cast in York.

Louise, 21, from Knaresborough, works at the Hoxton North café bar in Royal Parade, Harrogate, but will join rehearsals for Three Bears Productions' Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs from the start of December for the December 13 to January 4 2020 run.

After playing Liesl von Trapp in York Stage Musicals' The Sound Of Music at the Cumberland Street theatre in April, now she will star alongside Mark Little's villain and regular dame Steve Wickenden, with further names to be announced soon.

From producer Chris Moreno's search for a local principal girl in Three Bears' fourth Opera House panto, Louise was among 30 invited from the many applicants for a day's auditions last Wednesday. She was on the shortlist of 12 for the afternoon' s second session and was then picked.

"I’m so thankful to have been chosen," she said. "I've been beaming whenever I am reminded that I’ll be signing my first professional contract. I’m really looking forward to getting into the theatre and putting the show together, performing is all I have ever wanted to do and I feel so lucky that my Christmas this year will be doing just that."