New Cromer pier manager was once the Virgin Mary

Rebecca Wass, new general manager of Cromer Pier

Rebecca Wass, new general manager of Cromer Pier - Credit: Archant

She has played the Virgin Mary and Nell Gwynn but amateur actress Rebecca Wass has a new role, as manager of Cromer's landmark pier and theatre.

Rebcca Wass as Mary in the Mundesley Pageant

Rebcca Wass as Mary in the Mundesley Pageant - Credit: Archant

The 32-year-old from Norwich has a background in theatre and museum work, but is also well-known for her charity efforts, and appearances on the amateur stage.

Rebecca Wass (left) and eight friends, doing the Norfolk coast walk to raise money for Fibiomyalgia

Rebecca Wass (left) and eight friends, doing the Norfolk coast walk to raise money for Fibiomyalgia UK, which Rebecca suffers from. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

As well as acting for a trio of drama groups she has also played key characters in the Christmas pageant at Mundesley - and says she feels 'very much at home' in north Norfolk.

Rebecca starts her new job on Tuesday, two days before the official launch of the Pier's Seaside Special summer season.

Developing the theatre and the pier's other attractions is a challenge she is looking forward to.

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'It will be perfect working in a community I love, and trying to generate more interest in the pier from across the county as well as tourists,' added Miss Wass from Gertrude Road in Norwich.

She did a degree in film, television, theatre and English literature at York, before working in the Grand Opera House box office in the city. It was followed by spells in theatre management posts at the Sunderland Empire and Beck community theatre in Hayes, Middlesex.

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Her career then switched to education, museum and youth work which brought her to Norfolk. She was in the special needs department of Thorpe St Andrew High School, at the Bridewell museum in Norwich and did pastoral support work for the YMCA. She also did restorative justice with the youth offending team, and most recently was a creative arts and business administration tutor at Broadland Council Training Services.

She has also been a wardrobe mistress, worked with sets, and acted with the Great Hall, Crude Apache and Maddermarket theatre groups in Norwich. In the past three years she has played Mary and angels in the Mundesley Christmas Pageant.

Rebecca has also done a lot of charity work, including a Land's End to John O'Groats bike ride which raised £7,000 for the Have a Heart charity in 2009.

Last year she and a group of friends raised £3,000 through a 100-mile walk from King's Lynn to Mundesley for a charity raising awareness of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain and fatigue condition she has suffered herself.

She said her experience with community work and knowledge of many aspects of theatre would help her in her new role.

Director at pier operators Openwide Coastal, Rory Holburn said: 'Rebecca has a very broad experience in theatre, front of house, back stage and marketing , as well as with community organisations, which will be important for building the show and the pier from the ground up'. It would prove to be a 'great opportunity for the Pier and our SeaSide Special show to reach into new areas of the community and encourage a new generation of lovers of variety and 'live' family entertainment.'

Cromer Seaside Special opens on June 15 and runs until September 28.

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