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Welcome to June!

This month we take a look at:

  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
  • Repertory Club update - Things are getting spooky!
  • Upcoming Cummins Kids workshops - Shakespeare!
  • Past events
  • Theatre manager report
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Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow

That travelling band of intrepid funny-makers is taking over Australia, one town at a time, with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow and they are on their way to the Cummins Theatre for one night only on Sunday June 12th at 7pm!
Join a rotating cast of the finest local and international comedy talents for an evening of comedy like no other, hand-picked to bring the biggest and best belly laughs to audiences from Mildura to Mackay, Devonport to Dubbo.

This years line-up includes:
MC Xavier Michelides
Nath Valvo
Dilruk Jayasinha
Sharul Channa (Singapore)
Sam Taunton
It’s silly, it’s satirical, it’s side-splitting. It’s Australia’s ultimate comedy roadtrip!

tickets are $25 for adults and $20 concession. Available online now at www.cumminstheatre.com.au or in person at the theatre or Wheatbelt Visitors Centre.
Rehearsals are in full swing for the upcoming production Ghosts at the Grange presented by the Merredin Repertory Club.

Lancelot & Guinevere have been dead for hundreds of years. They haunt Arthur’s house. They are the only witnesses to his murder. How can they let his family & the police know who committed the foul deed? A funny whodunnit that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats!

Dates and times of performances: June 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 7:00pm and June 19th at 2:00pm. Doors open half an hour before show time.

Tickets are $25 for adults / $10 children / $10 matinee

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 one workshop coming up and we want you to get involved!

To be, or not to be, that is the question….

Well it was the question for Hamlet but the question for you is “Are you ready to have fun with Shakespeare?”

Building on the enormous success of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 2015, Shakespeare returns to the Cummins theatre with two weeks of workshops culminating in a performance of a yet to be decided Shakespeare play. International performer, director, and educator, Trent Baker will be leading the workshops that are designed for all skill levels. Trent is a master of Shakespeare with his talents taking him all the way to the home of Shakespeare; The Globe Theatre in London.

Date: June 27th – July 10th 2016

Time: Week one will consist of afterschool classes from 4pm-6pm, Week two will comprise of two sessions 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm (you only need to participate in one session a day to perform in the final presentation)

The final performance evening will be on Sunday July 10th with a full set, costumes, and make-up!!!

These workshops are $20 for Cummins Kids members for the two weeks worth of classes.


We had two fantastic events at the theatre over May. First up was the sillyness of Marty's Party, a fantastic family friendly night of entertainment that had everyone from kids to grandparents laughing out loud. With plenty of audience participation giving dads, uncles, mums, and little brothers and sisters the chance to become the stars of the show, it was a party not to be missed. The finale which involved catapulting toilet rolls, marshmallow shotguns, and water canons was something I think we are all still recovering from. For a full review of the show be sure to pick up the latest copy of The Phoenix from the Merredin CRC or Nextra Newsagency.

Our second event for the months was Matt Hale's Hypnolicious. Again we had audience members taking over as stars of the show, although this time around they may have had a little more trouble remembering what they got up to! Our very brave volunteers discovered they had skills they didn't even know they had. From speaking Chewbacca to Dancing like Elvis to having magic powers at the end of their finger it was a hilarious night of fun for everyone.

Venue Manager's Report

Another month of the year has blitzed past and now we are into June! With the end of financial year quickly approaching we have had to start finalising our plans for the next year which has involved a lot of consultation and programming with the community, arts organisations, and funding bodies.

I am very excited about what is in store, so much so that we are planning a launch night to tell you all about these exciting developments! Official invitations will be sent out in the next week but if you would like to attend please send a quick email to me at the theatre - cumminstheatre@merredin.wa.gov.au to make sure your place is secure. It will be a free night of entertainment, drinks, nibbles, and your first chance to see what is in store at the theatre for the remainder of 2016. Taking place on Friday, July 1st - I hope to see you there!

You may have read in the news lately about huge cuts to Arts funding across Australia and the impact this is having on arts organisations, like the Cummins Theatre. We have already had two shows cancelled from our program due to these cuts as artists are no longer able to tour their work to regional Australia. It is a terrible situation to be in and we are working as hard as we can to ensure that the theatre in Merredin continues to promote quality Australian and International work for the people in the community.

And lastly some happy news...we have new ovens at the theatre! We recently welcomed two beautiful new ovens into the Cummins Theatre kitchen replacing the scary ovens of doom that were once there. The kitchen has also undergone intensive cleaning and refurbishment to make it a safer and more usable environment for hirers. Hopefully with the inclusion of these new ovens and ongoing improvements to the kitchen space we can welcome more events at the theatre which can utilise this space.

That's it for this month! As always I welcome your feedback and would love to have a chat about what you want to see at the theatre. There is so much happening and I would love to see more people become involved in this fantastic place!
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