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10 February 2021
By DEAN LAWSON
A Horsham Town Hall team is working feverishly for a return to regular program scheduling in expectation of major community demand for entertainment.
Town hall performance and events co-ordinator Shana Miatke said she had no doubt that Wimmera people, for so long limited in what they could experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, were hungry for live shows, performances and concerts.
She said Horsham Town Hall, as a primary venue for the presentation of a broad range of performing arts embracing live music, comedy, children’s shows, dance and drama in the region, was busy priming itself for a significant return to action.
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“One of the greatest things people have missed in the past year is the opportunity to personally experience the world of music, drama and the various aspects of performing art and we must be ready to meet demand,” Ms Miatke said.
She said a breakthrough Traveling Wilburys dedication show at the town hall last week provided clear insight into how much people yearned for entertainment.
“It went really well and with the reduced capacity as part of COVID-19 guidelines sold out,” she said.
“It was a really great response considering tickets to the show were only on sale for two weeks.
“The audience feedback was that it was great to see a powerhouse of Australian musicians back doing what they love after a year without performing in public.”
Ms Miatke said artists from across the country were enthusiastically gearing up for a return to the stage, which meant audiences were in for a treat.
“We’re expecting the standard of performances to be at an all-time high, filled with high levels of passion and intensity,” she said.
Ms Miatke said continuing uncertainty surrounding the pandemic meant COVID-safe rules would be in place and updated accordingly depending on circumstances.
“Due to COVID-19 we’ve needed to change our programming, advertising and ticket sales and will be driving memberships,” she said.
“We’ll provide details on the changing details and booking procedures on Horsham Town Hall’s website next week.
“We’re busy working on a program schedule that we are sure will meet the varied interests of our patrons.”
Horsham Town Hall, which includes a state-of-the-art performing-arts theatre, heritage hall and Horsham Regional Art Gallery, was a consistently busy hub of activity before the pandemic.
The venue has regularly experienced sell-out shows since undergoing multi-million-dollar redevelopment.
“After the show on Saturday night we had quite a lot of patrons asking what was coming up next and were already organising get-togethers with friends,” Ms Miatke said.
“We’re sure they will enjoy what we have planned.
“As well as the great line-up of visiting acts we are planning, we have many community groups coming through with their performances.
“All the regular community performances have all rebooked for this year.”
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