Our next summer stop is the historic Yucca Theatre in Midland. During our visit, the cast and crew took us on a psychedlic trip to the summer of 1969.
One of the longest running melodramas in the nation, Summer Mummers began as an idea to raise money for the Midland Community Theatre.
Over time, the show has turned into an elaborate production, complete with a vaudevillian-style variety act, an abundance of comedy acts, and a ridiculous amount of popcorn, going through a whopping 15 pallets of popcorn.
As treasurer Justin Kelliher, puts it, “We’ve turned making popco rn into a industrial operation… And it’s not just for eating. It’s for ammunition against your neighbors, it’s for throwing at the actors on stage, it’s for just having a good rowdy time.”
Insider tip: Don’t wear nice clothes. Chances of popcorn grease stains are high.
In honor of the show’s 69th season, MCT chose a time-traveling script where audiences are transported to Woodstock in the summer of 1969.
Time-traveler Justin Tate, plays the role of Garth Uncle in this year’s production. A regular at Mummers, Tate explains it’s the uniqueness that’s kept him reprising the role of hero-sidekick for 15 years.
“Nobody really does it, like Summer Mummers does… So, it feels good to be apart of something that you know, nobody else on the planet is doing.”
And while there are other melodramas in the U.S., Mummers is known worldwide, gaining recognition from the likes of the New York Times.
It’s a production that requires a lot of hard work from volunteers, talent and dedication. Despite the history and fanfare, it’s still difficult to describe the spectacle that is Summer Mummers.
Super-fan and former performer Ashley Sexton says it best, “You can’t explain it…. you just have to experience it at least once, but if you experience it once, you’ll want to come back every year. It’s awesome!”
So if you’re looking for a place to enjoy a funny show, grab a drink at the bar, and throw food at your neighbors, Summer Mummers is the place for you.
Notice: It’s recommended that attendees be at least 16 years of age due to innuendos and mature undertones.
The melodrama runs every Friday and Saturday night until September 2nd. Ticket prices range from $10 to $25 per ticket. You can purchase tickets here, or call the MCT box office at 432-570-4111.
Be sure to join us next week for Good Day at 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. to catch the next West Texas treasure.