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Volunteering at the Civic Theatre

Published on Wednesday, 25th June 2014 in Leisure and culture news

The Civic Theatre has a long history of welcoming volunteers to work alongside the staff team and now, on the back of National Volunteering Week, they are looking for more volunteers.

Rotherham Civic Theatre has entertained over 4 million visitors since it opened in 1960. Watching productions by local dance groups and societies, national touring productions or the ever popular pantomime has given lasting memories.

From back stage to front of house, a small team of people make sure that everything runs smoothly and visitors enjoy themselves.

Volunteers show people to their seats, sell programmes, assist with safety and security and chat to people who are visiting to give them a friendly welcome.

People volunteer at the Civic Theatre because they enjoy being with people. Some people volunteer as a friendly, social activity and a 'night out'.  For some people it is also a way of gaining confidence and learning to work with the public.

Volunteer Jackie Houghton said, “I like to think that my contribution as a volunteer helps to keep live theatre open in Rotherham. I enjoy dealing with the public face-to-face, particularly the children at panto.”

Maria Taylor added, “I love stewarding at the Civic Theatre in Rotherham. It is a super little theatre and has a lovely atmosphere.

“Taking tickets and showing people to their seats with a smile and having a few words about the show is a really enjoyable and rewarding experience.

“Sometimes people tell you they have never been to the theatre before and how much they have enjoyed it and will make a return visit.

“It can be hard work sometimes especially when the pantomime season is here, but it’s a great pleasure to have contributed in a small way to the general public’s enjoyment of the theatre.”

Jeanne Tilley agreed: “I am happy to be a steward because it helps keep a local amenity open for everybody in Rotherham to enjoy at a reasonable price.

“I get a thrill when I see the children’s faces during and after the pantomime and similarly enjoy the adults' appreciation of any show.

“It is nice to be part of the excitement of a theatre performance in some small way and to feel I am contributing to the audience’s enjoyment of an evening out.

"I enjoy meeting the other stewards and staff for a sociable few minutes before and after each performance.”

Could you volunteer at the Civic Theatre?

Volunteers receive training, free tea and coffee and are able to watch some of the shows as long as they are aware of the needs of the audience during the show.

All volunteers are invited to the launch of the pantomime with a drink in the bar after the performance and chance to meet the cast – this years’ panto is Aladdin.

If you want to know more about volunteering at the Civic Theatre please contact Julie Ogden on 01709 823641 or email

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