About Us

The Hanover Little Theatre’s mission is to creatively enrich, educate, and entertain our community through volunteer involvement.

Amateurs act for sheer joy. That’s why nonprofessional theatres are alive and healthy despite increased costs and the economic squeeze plaguing all the arts. But, obviously, amateur theatres don’t face weekly payrolls, as professionals do. They flourish on love of theatre and community spirit.

When the curtain rises, you’re likely to see your dentist or lawyer . . . a retired teacher, your next-door neighbor or family doctor . . . the insurance agent, a homemaker, a youth minister . . . the boss’ secretary, a real estate agent, your daughter’s college friend . . . all persons motivated by a desire to be associated with theatre.

Are they merely stagestruck Walter Mittys? Maybe yes, mostly no. Some always wanted to become actors, but had to choose other careers for economic reasons. Others had a taste of dramatics in school. A few have had professional experience.

There’s a little ham in everybody. Doing something and getting approval is reassuring to one’s ego, and it’s exhilarating when the audience responds. And if you flop? Amateur theatre is one place where you can fall on your face and get up again.

Similarities are greater than the differences between amateur groups. In the main, all work is done by members. Besides the cast there may be 10, 20, or 30 other persons involved as backstage crews, set builders, business management and directing, which is more appealing to some than acting.

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