For a new local theatre show director, making the side-splitting comedy

Vicar of Dibley

come to life has been great fun.

The Rotorua Little Theatre Society presents the show, starting this evening and running until August 11 at the Shambles Theatre.

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Director Robyn-ann Rumney says Vicar of Dibley is a well-known comedy show and is about a small English village which gets a new vicar who turns out to be a woman.

She says it is about how the people in the village all deal with having a woman vicar.

It includes a love story and has a lot of nice English comedy coming through, she says.

Robyn-ann says she is a new director and this is her first show in the role.

She says the journey has been great fun and she has loved it.

 Robin Lightfoot as Jim Trott, (left), the vicar played by Susan Wenborn, and Leigh Taylor as Owen Newitt. PHOTO/SUE AND GARTH PATTLE
Robin Lightfoot as Jim Trott, (left), the vicar played by Susan Wenborn, and Leigh Taylor as Owen Newitt. PHOTO/SUE AND GARTH PATTLE

"I've had a fantastic team around me that have helped me immensely.

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"I recommend everyone gets involved in theatre in some way... it's been an amazing journey for me."

The cast of eight and the backstage team of 11 started rehearsing in May.

"Rehearsals have been going very well. There are lots of nice characters coming through."

With show-time kicking off tonight, Robyn-ann says she is looking forward to the cast having fun with it.

She encourages people to book their tickets and come along because it is such a lot of fun.

"We are in the middle of winter and we tend to hibernate in our warm houses.

"Come along, have a bit of fun and enjoy it. I hope everyone gets as much enjoyment out of it as we have."

For bookings, call (07) 348 8614. For more information go to the Rotorua Little Theatre Facebook page.