Welcome to our March newsletter which is all about fairytales, festivals, and festivities!
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Welcome to March!

Welcome to our brand new newsletter for the Cummins Theatre! We will be attempting to get this out to you on the first Wednesday of every month to bring you news of upcoming events, keep you up to date with the goings on of the theatre, and hopefully keep you entertained and informed in the process. 

This month we will be covering:

  • Police Centenary Ball
  • Singing workshops with Jude Perl
  • Upcoming Cummins Kids workshops
  • Upcoming shows
  • Recent success with grant applications
  • Theatre manager report
This is a new look for our newsletter so if you have any feedback please send it through to the theatre. If you haven't yet checked out our new look website have a peek and tell us what you think www.cumminstheatre.com.au

Past Events

Merredin Police celebrated 100 years of policing in the Wheatbelt with a fantastic evening at Cummins Theatre. The evening included a three course meal of delicious food, entertainment from the Police Pipe Band and Navy Cabaret Band, speeches on the history of policing from Senior Sergeant Erica Silwood, and plenty of dancing from the 100+ guests in attendance.

It was a wonderful evening! Congratulations to Merredin Police for this huge achievement. Here's to 100 more!
Jude Perl Sings Up A Storm!
The Cummins Theatre was happy to host singer and songwriter Jude Perl at the theatre for a week of free singing workshops culminating in a fantastic performance on Friday February 12th.

Throughout the week Jude ran singing sessions with the Merredin Community Singers, Cummins Kids, and opened up classes to the general public. It was wonderful to hear our nervy beginners singing in public for the first time alongside our seasoned pros! 

The week ended with a 50min performance from Jude along with some community members who shared their new found singing skills on the Cummins Theatre stage.

Thank you to everyone who came along. We hope to present more events like this in the future.
Jude Perl chatting to the Merredin Community Singers during their workshop.
The audience getting ready for a brilliant performance from Jude Perl and some community members.

Upcoming Cummins Kids Workshops and Events


Cummins Kids is our fantastic program for children aged 7-17 years giving them the opportunity to participate in arts based workshops and performances with professional performers, directors and artists. We have two workshops coming up and we want you to get involved!
 

FAIRYTALES
Come and join us for two weeks of performance workshops culminating in a final performance as part of Harmony Day! Led by industry professional director, performer, educator, and theatre maker Mark Storen, these workshops are designed for all skill levels and have an emphasis on building confidence while having fun.

Date: March 8th – 21st 2016 (Information evening on Friday March 4th from 4pm-6pm)

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 1:00pm – 6:00pm Saturday (no rehearsal on 19th March)

MUSIC VIDEOS IN MERREDIN WORKSHOP
Building on the amazing success of the Silent Film Making Workshop in 2015, Desiree Longworth and Brandon Bowman return to the Cummins Theatre for a one week workshop where the youth of Merredin can create their own music videos.

Date: February 9th – 12th 2016

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm daily

These workshops are $40 for Cummins Kids members.

UPCOMING SHOWS

Celebrate the timeless masterpieces of BOB DYLAN and NEIL YOUNG with an unforgettable 90 minute performance starring the renowned John Hastwell and Stuart Day, with acoustic bassist Quinton Dunne.

From the instantly recognizable Mr. Tambourine Man to the iconic Heart of Gold, The Dylan and Young Show delivers the essence of the musical genius that has inspired and rocked the free world for over five decades.

Venue Manager's Report


It has been a busy start to the year with an even busier year to come! We started the year with a fantastic announcement regarding a recent grant application for the theatre. The theatre has received almost $30,000 in funding from the Department of Culture and the Arts to upgrade our sound, lighting, and backstage communications equipment. This money will go a long way to developing the theatre and opening it up to greater arts opportunities. You can read more about the recent announcement HERE.

We have also spent some time creating a brand new website for the theatre. the new website has up to date information and is considerably easier to navigate than the old website (it looks prettier too). Have a peek at it if you haven't already and let us know what you think!

You may have noticed our venue manager, Emma Davis, has been missing in action over the past week. This was due to her attending the Adelaide Fringe Festival as a delegate in the Honeypot program. Honeypot aims to link professional theatre makers with professional theatres interested in presenting new work. Over the course of the week Emma saw over 30 productions and is currently in talks to bring some of these amazing shows to the Cummins Theatre. Keep an eye out on the Facebook page and theatre website for announcements of events for the latter half of the year.

That's about it for now! Please keep in touch about shows you would like to see presented at the theatre or skills building workshops you would like to participate in. we are always looking to develop the theatre for the people of Merredin!
 
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