Esperance Civic Centre receives a boost for show program

Stage is set: Rebecca Seinor, shire presidant Ian Mickel, Josh Bayly, Tim Currie, Shane Tobin, Bernadette Pokela, Hannah Blampied and Sarah Morony celebrate the funding announcement. Photo: Tim Currie.
Stage is set: Rebecca Seinor, shire presidant Ian Mickel, Josh Bayly, Tim Currie, Shane Tobin, Bernadette Pokela, Hannah Blampied and Sarah Morony celebrate the funding announcement. Photo: Tim Currie.

The Esperance Civic Centre has secured another year of funding to deliver its show program thanks to Lotterywest.

The Civic Centre has been building its 'Audience Development Program' over the past nine years with assistance from the state body.

The program aims to boost audiences and build the community through the world of performing arts by offering shows to entice all community members.

The centre's most recent show, "Up, Up and Away", completely sold out, with the lively crowd filling the centre's newly refurbished Reception Room to full capacity.

Esperance Civic Centre coordinator Tim Currie said the funding would help bring exciting new shows to the centre throughout the year.

The centre currently offers lunchtime performances, children's shows and supports community events.

"We bring 15 shows to town a year so we are trying to cater to a wide range of audiences and community members," he said.

"It's a focal point of Esperance and it helps bring community members together to find joy."

Following recent government event recommendations to slow the spread of coronavirus, Mr Currie said the centre had received some cancellations of upcoming shows.

"Although we are having cancellations of events and shows daily, we are working with producers and industry experts to plan for future events when this all blows over. And we look forward to bringing an amazing line up of shows and events back to Esperance," he said.