The Kirk Theatre in Pickering faces “imminent closure” unless more volunteers can be recruited, theatre manager Luke Arnold has warned.
Departments within the theatre, which has running costs of more than £44,000 a year, need more people to work behind the scenes to ensure it can continue to stage its programme of amateur and professional musicals, plays, tribute nights and other fundraising events.
“The theatre is staffed by front of house volunteers, who meet and greet audiences, back stage hands, who build, paint and move scenery, technical staff who provide lighting and sound for shows in addition to musicians and the wardrobe department,” said Mr Arnold.
“We desperately need additional help in all these areas for the theatre to continue.”
The staffing crisis has led to the management team and committee, who have made improvements to many of the theatre’s facilities, to hold an open evening on Friday, September 27, 7pm to 9pm, so people can learn more about the theatre and the different roles that need to be filled.
Bridget Robinson-Clark, a new volunteer, said: “It’s a great place to be involved, I have made new friends, learnt new skills and feel like I have made a positive contribution to the community and I really hope more folk will get involved.”
Anyone who is interested in volunteering can contact Aimee Dussold on email@example.com.