Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Your chance to be a real star at Kenton

YOUR theatre needs you! That is the cry as the Kenton prepares to hold a volunteers morning.

YOUR theatre needs you! That is the cry as the Kenton prepares to hold a volunteers morning.

Without their team of volunteers the theatre simply wouldn’t be the venue it is for amateur and professional productions, rock shows, comedy nights and festivals. But more volunteers are always needed to join the team that makes the theatre tick.

Now new volunteers manager James Lappin has decided to open up the theatre on the morning of March 23 so would-be team members can see what roles are on offer.

And no one is more convinced about the untapped potential in and around the town than James. He said: “It is a fantastic opportunity to become part of a group that makes the theatre function.

“We already have tremendous people working with us but we always need more both to relieve the pressure and bring in new people who will be part of the theatre for years to come. You have a cast on stage but the backroom team, is every bit as important and there really are roles to suit everyone whether you want to be involved with meeting the audience or would prefer something out of the limelight.”

The Kenton currently has 94 volunteers who ensure that for the 40,000 people using the theatre each year the experience is one they will treasure.

Key roles that need filling are more front of house staff to train now for the autumn and winter season the busiest time in the theatre year especially during Christmas week for the pantomime season.

They also need people with specific skills or enthusiasm for publicity, marketing, administration and technicians.

They are also need volunteer bar workers both for the coffee bar and the licensed bar which were theatre managing director Wendy Bowsher began.

She said: “For me there is a bond in theatre life where you will meet new people and socialise either in the theatre itself or form new friendships that continue on outside and which last a lifetime. It is the true meaning of community.

“My first voluntary role directly for the Kenton was behind the bar with the buzz and excitement of serving a full house in the interval (drinks were not allowed in the auditorium then) in sufficient time for everyone to enjoy their drinks and quickly enough to stop them going over the road to the pub!

“I also helped to paint the scenery cloths in the paint shop. It must be fun; after all we are in show business.”

Typical volunteers may be people about to retire, parents seeking voluntary work now the children are at school or a local company keen to support a local charity.

James Lappin says: “We know that there are lots of factors that motivate people to volunteer, and we try to give everyone a rewarding experience whatever their reasons to learn new skills, give something back, develop a career path, get involved with the local community, make use of existing skills, increase experience, make friends or meet new people and have lots of fun.

“We recognise that everyone has many other commitments in their lives, so we provide flexible volunteering opportunities. We have a support system in place dedicated specifically to our volunteers.

“Becoming a Kenton Theatre volunteer means giving your time to a truly worthwhile cause and helps to create a theatre that is a truly unique entertainment venue. The theatre is defined by its people, and as a volunteer you can become an integral part of its work.”

The Kenton Volunteers Morning takes place on Saturday March 23 at 10.30am, if you are unable to attend but want to know more about volunteering go to the theatre website, www.kentontheatre.co.uk, click on Supports Us and follow the link to Volunteers.

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