A Midland tradition returned this past weekend as Summer Mummers returned to the Yucca Theatre after being virtual last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to NewsWest 9, the tradition continues live and in person this summer after having to skip a summer due to a global pandemic.

"I can tell you that the volunteers, excitement is through the roof," said Tim Jebsen, Midland Community Theatre Executive Director. "They're just so thrilled to finally be having an audience and we're thrilled to be able to present an entire summer of Summer Mummers."

The public is responding well to the return of Summer Mummers also.

"In a typical year, we'll sell about 11,000 tickets to a very successful version of Summer Mummers, and as of tonight, on opening night, we've already sold 6,400 tickets and we haven't even opened the show," said Jebsen before this past weekend's performances.

Summer Mummer is a tradition in Midland and after a year of no live audience, Midlanders are glad it is back.

"Because it's been around for so long, it's become a part of the cultural fabric of Midland, and as a result of that there was something missing last year," said Jebsen. "There was something missing from that, and I think that's why there's so much excitement about people wanting to come back."

After a year of being virtual, being in front of a live audience is exciting to the Mummers cast and crew.

"It literally was 2 years of preparation for that," said Jebsen. "We went through so many preparations and trying to figure out last summer, so many changes, and even this year. We normally start planning for Summer Mummers in September and October, and there was no thought last September and October that we might be able to do it, so even plans continued to change on a weekly basis."

Summer Mummers will be on stage at the Yucca Theatre every weekend this summer through September 4, 2021.

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