Welcome to our July newsletter and a very happy new year!
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Welcome to the new (financial) year!

What is in this months newsletter:

  • Cummins Theatre Program Launch
  • July Performances:
    • Wheatbelt Touring Circuit
    • Lunchtime Escapes featuring Brianna Louwen
  • Cummins Kids Have Fun With Shakespeare
  • Theatre manager report
If you haven't yet checked out our website have a peek and tell us what you think www.cumminstheatre.com.au

Program Launch July - December 2016

Friday July 1st the Tivoli room played host to guests as we celebrated the launch of the July - December 2016 performance program for the Cummins Theatre.

Guests on the evening were treated to a first sneak peek at upcoming events, workshops, special events, performances, activities, and projects which will be coming to the Cummins Theatre over the next six months.

With free flowing drinks, plenty of food, and some live performance mingled in with video presentations of the program it was an interesting evening.

Programs from the evening will be distributed to households and businesses in Merredin over the coming weeks or can be viewed online at http://www.cumminstheatre.com.au/program-july-december-2016/
UPCOMING SHOWS

Wheatbelt Touring Circuit


The Wheatbelt Touring circuit is returning to Merredin with the announcement that the first series of concerts will feature The Kill Devil Hills from Perth accompanied by Merredin local Jayden Crook and his band.

When? Saturday July 16th 2016
Where? Cummins Theatre, Merredin
Time? Doors open at 6:30pm with the first band commencing at 7:00pm
Cost? This is a FREE event

The concert is completely free and is proudly supported by RAC, WAM, Lotterywest, and the Shire of Merredin.

All guests will also be treated to a FREE pizza dinner prior to the show. To register for your free pizza please visit: www.cumminstheatre.com.au/event/wheatbelt-touring-circuit/
 
Lunchtime Escape Concerts
 
The Cummins Theatre is thrilled to announce the arrival of our new Lunchtime Escape series of concerts. Each concert will feature morning tea, and a live music concert featuring some of Australia's most exciting and up and coming performers.

The first of these concerts will take place on Thursday July 21st and will feature up and coming Soprano Brianna Louwen supported by pianist Caroline Badnall. Together these two ladies will present a concert of musical theatre and classical music hits.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for concession.
The ticket price includes a sumptuous morning tea featuring cakes, sandwiches, scones and cream, and unlimited tea and coffee.

Doors open: 11am for morning tea
Concert: 12pm to approx 1pm
Artist Meet & Greet: after the concert

If you can't make it for morning tea, why not bring your lunch along and take a break from your busy day!

Tickets are available online, at the theatre, at the Central Wheatbelt Visitors Centre, Shire Of Merredin Office, or at the door. http://www.cumminstheatre.com.au/event/lunchtime-escapes/

CUMMINS KIDS

HAVE FUN WITH SHAKESPEARE
 
For the past two weeks the Cummins Kids have been having a blast over running the theatre as they get a close encounter with the Bard, William Shakespeare.

Led by Trent Baker, the Cummins Kids have been learning about Shakespearean language, performance traditions, locations of Shakespearean plays, and some performance basics.

Currently the kids are rehearsing scenes from Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, in preparation for a short performance on Sunday afternoon.

Venue Manager's Report


Not a month goes by where there isn't something HUGE taking place at the theatre and this past month has been no exception.

Firstly some HUGELY EXCITING news!
The Cummins Theatre has been very fortunate to receive funding from the Department of Culture and the Arts Community Engagement Grants Program to continue the Cummins Kids program over the next 12 months and expand it to engage a larger sector of the community. What this means is we will be able to offer workshops not just for the 7-17 year old age group but all age groups.

So far we have plans to offer some upcoming workshops specifically catering for early childhood, young children, teenagers, young adults, adults, and seniors. As these programs become more developed we will begin to advertise them on the Cummins website so keep your eyes peeled for some exciting announcements.

Next, some HUGELY HAPPY news!
As of July 1st the Cummins Theatre Bar is being officially handed over to the Merredin Repertory Club to run for all programmed theatre events. This is a return to the previous way the bar was run and should open up many more opportunities for the Repertory Club to raise funds for their activities. This change will also allow the theatre management to focus more time and energy on improving the theatre as a destination for culture and the arts in the Wheatbelt.

Outside of programmed events the operation of the bar will be negotiated on a event by event basis opening up the opportunity for community groups to run their own bar during their events at the theatre. If you would like to know more please get in touch.

Lastly, some HUGELY MOVING news!
The Cummins Theatre office is moving...just next door. Currently the Cummins Theatre office takes up what was once the theatre foyer. After community consultation it was felt that the foyer would be better utilised as a foyer again, especially for small events which use the front entrance. There was also a great desire from the community to be able to use the historic entrance to the theatre once more.

To accommodate this change the theatre office will be moving into the old store front on the opposite side of the theatre entrance. It is also hoped that this change will allow better access to theatre staff, encourage more visitors to drop in to the theatre, and improve the public appearance of the building. You should see some movement happening in the coming weeks so keep an eye out!

That is it for this month! Take some time to peruse the new theatre program, book some tickets, attend a workshop, or simply pop in for a cup of tea and a chat. See you at the theatre soon!
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