A rallying call for new helpers has gone out from a seaside theatre, after its vital army of volunteers shrank to a small platoon during the pandemic.
During the covid-19 crisis, Sheringham Little Theatre has seen just eight of its 50-strong squad of coffee bar servers and ushers return to help during the periods when it was able to open.
Now, as it prepares a hoped-for spring return to action, the popular arts venue is calling on the community it serves to step forward and bolster the team for the future.
Director Debbie Thompson said: “We simply cannot run without our fabulous volunteers. They do a range of front of house tasks from serving and cleaning tables in the Hub as well as backstage tasks such as costume, set design and lighting to support our small team of paid staff.
“Many of the current team have been shielding, so we have vacancies for people who would like to get involved with the theatre, learn new skills and meet new people.
“Volunteering for us can also help boost people’s CV if they will be looking for paid work in the hospitality sector later.
“Covid safety for our staff, volunteers and visitors will remain at the heart of everything we do when we emerge from the current lockdown. We do not know when that will be but we need to rebuild the team now, so we are ready to hit the ground running.”
Plans are being drawn up for a series of exciting new projects including a mix of professional and community stage productions, films, and drama screenings. Details will be announced when dates are confirmed.
Anyone interested in volunteering should email email@example.com.