It’s time to make it back to the MEC!
The much-loved Manning Entertainment Centre reopens on Tuesday 22 September after an extended closure as a result of Covid-19.
The team have been working to prepare for the reopening and is excited to welcome back their loyal patrons.
To view the reopening guide video visit https://youtu.be/oxCMDLN5Bc4
The first event will be an encore screening of the popular National Theatre Live film ‘One Man Two Guvnors’, starring James Corden of Carpool Karaoke fame. There will be two screenings – 10am which includes a free morning tea and 7pm.
“Being unable to open and gather since the MEC was temporarily closed in March has been devastating,” said Chris Tippett, Theatre Manager.
“However, we have been busy behind the curtains getting the MEC ready and we’ve also been finalising a number of required changes to ensure the safety of all patrons, staff and volunteers.”
The Manning Entertainment Centre is now an officially approved CovidSafe business, and details of the changes are on the website theMEC.com.au.
“We suggest that all patrons have a look at our CovidSafe Plan before returning so they know what to expect on arrival,” advised Chris.
“We have also created a video that is on both our website and Youtube Channel welcoming everyone back and talking patrons through the changes.”
In October and November, a further two National Theatre Live film screenings will be shown and the Taree Arts Council is working on a special performance for Saturday 17 October.
The current capacity of the theatre has been reduced from 505 patrons to 200 with reduced seating to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to, which means a more intimate experience, with smaller audiences.
“Our initial focus will be supporting local artists and with the reduced seating capacity and hunger for live entertainment, some shows are going to sell out fast,” added Chris.
The LOCAL & LIVE line up for October is:
- Friday 9 October: – Goodfellas (Matt Zarb) and the Jay Davis Band
- Saturday 17 October: Taree Arts Council – Musicals Variety Performance
- Friday 23 October: The Swamp Stompers and Darren Jack Band
“We know many people cannot wait to attend live performances again and it’s what’s needed for our communities to recover in these uncertain times,” said Chris.
“We are doing everything possible to ensure patrons can return to a safe place and continue to enjoy the entertainment we provide, albeit at limited capacities.”
The MEC is now in its fourth decade of providing an important cultural asset for local performers, with regular use by local schools, dance schools and groups including the Taree Arts Council, Manning Valley Choral Society and Taree and District Eisteddfod.