Nuns, darts and romance head to Sheringham stage

A modern take on a classic love story, a community musical and an irreverent comedy about nuns are among the spring offerings at Sheringham Little Theatre.

The venue has teamed up with the London-based drama Studio to showcase the talents of emerging acting talent in a contemporary production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet targeted at a younger audience.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said the youth-friendly show from March 15-19 was aimed at making the Bard's work accessible to young people. The cast also included some experienced actors including Illona Linthwaite who has worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre as well as appearing at Sheringham's summer repertory season - as Madame Arcati in the 2009 Blithe Spirit and directing the Importance of Being Earnest this year

The theatre is following up the success of its first ever community musical, Oliver, last year, with the cowboy romp Annie Get Your Gun from April 15-23.

More than 70 people aged from seven to 70 were involved last time, and auditions for a local amateur cast will begin in January. The show, which features singalong songs such as Anything You Can Do and There's No Business Like Showbusiness, will have a professional director, choreographer and musical director.

Nunsense is the funny, irreverent and risque musical comedy being staged by the Cromer and Sheringham Amateur Operatic Society in February. The forerunner of Sister Act running from February 16-19 features the Little Sisters of Hoboken.

One half of the Nimmo Twins comedy duo Owen Evans steps up to the oche in a new role as a former darts star Norman who has fallen from grace in One Eighty, a sad comedy penned by Rob John, the ex Paston College playwright, on April 9.

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Other highlights from the spring programme are:

?the premiere of a film done by local youngsters of the Seaside Art Society's which explores the past and present of coastal entertainment venues on January 21

?a pantomime, Dick Whittington, staged by the staff at North Norfolk District Council from January 27-29

?a workshop and performance for youngsters learning acting and technical skills on February 24-25

?a psychological thriller Dead Reckoning by Outloud Productions on March 5

?Sheringham Players presenting the drama Why Me looking at a man's battle to cope with redundancy, from March 23-26

? a showcase of high school year 11 students' GSCE performance work on March 30

?West End and Broadway musical theatre songs from Showbits on April 2

? a lunchtime show of Paston College AS students song drama and dance work on April 6

?Eastern Angles drama based on a coastal town's lifeboat tragedy Up and O' The Sea on April 7

? an evening of folk including the Shantymen, and Red Oktober on April 30 to boost the theatre's STARS refurbishment appeal and Help for Heroes

? Down to the Sea a selection of coastal-themed work from the students of the high primary and Woodfields special schools on May 6

?Rural comic Sid Kipper presents Two-face and Gutless recapping some of the stories of songs of his ancestors on May 7

?Re-formed am dram outfit Stage Direct return with the farce of a farce Chase Me Up Farndale Avenue S'il Vous Plait from May 19-21.

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