Volunteers’ vital role at the Little Theatre

1st June 2020

Volunteers are the unsung “cast members” who keep the Little Theatre going.

Without their unstinting, and unpaid, efforts we simply could not function.

June 1-7 is national Volunteers Week, so it is an opportunity to put their work into the spotlight – even though it is switched off at the moment, like the rest of the theatre, during the coronavirus lockdown.

National Volunteers Week logo

Showgoers will have seen our helpers guiding them to their seats, selling them interval ice creams, working in the coffee bar and selling programmes.

But there are many other roles carried out by our 100-strong army of volunteers.

Sheringham Little Theatre volunteers

Wendy Austin serving a slice of cake with a smile.

They include helping built sets, organise costumes during shows, assisting in the office, fundraising, publicity distribution, and tackling DIY jobs around the venue.

Sheringham Little Theatre volunteers

Clearing tables in the Hub coffee bar is a vital voluntary role.

During lockdown all of that work has stopped, but our board of trustees, who are also unpaid,  have been continuing to meet, via phone conferences, to deal with finances, contingency planning, and running our social media feeds.

When the lights go on again – however long that takes – the energy of all our volunteers will be essential for a spirited relaunch.

We are looking at ways to ensure they can safely carry out their tasks in the “new normal” as we welcome audiences and café visitors back through the doors.

Nationally it is estimated there are 11m people volunteering at least once a month, which is worth £22bn to the economy.

But volunteers don’t do it with pound notes in their eyes. They do it because they have a cause in their hearts. Plus they enjoy meeting old and new friends in our cosy community venue – and there are a few perks, such as meeting actors at social events.

Sheringham Little Theatre volunteers tea party

Sheringham Little Theatre volunteers tea party

Thanks to all of them – and if you would like to join our volunteer team please email us at boxoffice@sheringhamlittletheatre.com

Sheringham Little Theatre volunteers