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Drama Celebrates Life and the Need to Cherish It

A drama celebrating the highs and lows of everyday town life has begun rehearsals at Sheringham Little Theatre.

Our Town sees a combined community and professional cast capturing the smiles and tears that map people’s encounters with birth, love, marriage, life and death.

It is a classic, award-winning play originally set in small town America, but given a Norfolk seaside flavour by director Marcus Romer.

He said: “It charts how the locals deal with the ups and downs of life. It is heart-warming and shows what it is to be alive – and why people need to make the most of, and celebrate, the moments that make up a life, which is very fitting after the year we have just had.”

The show runs from August 7-14, and rehearsals have just begun for the 14 local amateurs involved, before they hitch up with the six professionals at the end of the month, who will also prepare on Zoom beforehand.

Action is set in the early years of the 1900s, with the roles including the local doctor, newspaper editor, milkman and undertaker.

The play was written by Thornton Wilder in the 1930s and won him a Pulitzer Prize.

It is narrated by a stage manager character played by Suffolk actor Howard Saddler who recently starred in the drama Two at Sheringham.

Mr Romer added: “After 18 months of isolation this drama is a great chance to connect to people and our audiences, and share a story about Our Town, our people, our theatre.”

For more information and tickets visit sheringhamlittletheatre.com.

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