|Our first major production in 2015 will be Ray Lawler’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, with a two-week season in April at the Basement Theatre.
Director Sharon Horner has selected a very strong and talented cast for her production that requires experienced actors.
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is an Australian classic that is celebrating 60 years this year since its original performance. The classical nature of this play and the fact that 2015 marks a significant anniversary, are only some of the many attributes that make this a great Australian play for Wagga audiences to engage with and enjoy a compelling theatrical experience.
Rehearsals are now well under way and we encourage members and friends to mark the dates in your diary.
The season commences in the Basement Theatre on Thursday 16th April and will run Thursday Friday 17th, Saturday 18th at 7.30 and Sunday 19th at 3 pm. The second week run is Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th, Saturday 25th at 7.30pm and Sunday 26th at 3 pm.
A musical revue which thumbs its nose at aging will open in the Basement Theatre, Wagga, next Sunday February 1st.
Too Old for the Chorus but Not Too Old to be a Star is an entertaining start to the Wagga School of Arts Community Theatre’s 2015 program.
The revue forms the popular February Fundays program with performances at 3pm each Sunday in February. It follows a small group of “aging” friends meeting in their local coffee shop to show they still have plenty to offer as songs consider fading memories, trying to master new technology, the invisibility of older people, and, triumphantly, a belief that age is just a number as they proclaim their faith in their continuing potential.
All in the cast of six are over the age of 50 (some more years than others!) – Tony Trench, Bob Hitchens, Fay Walters, Linden Lalic, Nancy Blacklow and Margaret Bannister, accompanied by the talented Jill Chappelow on piano.
Book now at the Civic Theatre booking office for an afternoon of musical fun in Too Old for the Chorus but not Too Old to be a Star – each Sunday in February at 3pm.
1. Too Old for the Chorus, but not Too Old to be a Star - Each Sunday afternoon in February
See the oldies strut their stuff with song, dance and laughs as they celebrate the joys of “mature”years.
2. Summer of the Seventeenth Doll – April 16 – 19, 23 – 26
Ray Lawler’s classic play, which marked the start of a distinctive Australian theatrical voice. The themes and characters of The Doll still resonate with audiences sixty years after it was first performed.
3. Ten X 10 Play Fest 2015 – May (dates to be advised)
The popular annual festival of short plays which showcases the works of local, regional and metropolitan writers. It also provides an opportunity for new and experienced directors and actors to work in a festival environment.
4. Shirley Valentine – Month of Sundays in August – Each Sunday afternoon in August.
The popular one- woman play which follows Shirley Valentine from her dreary kitchen in Liverpool, England to the adventure, colour and romance of Mykonos in Greece.
5. Wild Goose Chase - October 15- 18, 22 – 25,
All the fun of English farce comes to life in this production, which promises lots of laughs, misunderstandings, secrets and a mysterious suit of armour. A timeless piece sure to appeal.
6. I Love a Piano – December – dates to be advised
Round off the year with an evening of Irving Berlin songs. Sing along to all the sentimental favourites from Ain’t Misbehavin’ to White Christmas and many many more.
The table seating has been totally booked out, and the Commercial Club web site bookings have closed. However – don’t despair, turn up at the door on the night, and you should be able to get seated.
It is with Pleasure you are invited to Audition for
SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOLL
by RAY LAWLER
Director Sharon Horner extends an invitation to come along to the auditions for this iconic play set in the 1950’s.
Saturday 22 November 2014 10am to 3pm
Sunday 23 November 2014 10am to 3pm
Sunday 30 November 2014 10am to 5pm
Where School of Arts Basement Theatre Cnr Morrow and Tarcutta Streets.
Please book by phoning Jan at the office on 6921 2594
Olive Leech, 30’s to mid 40
Pearl Cunningham, 40’s
Emma Leech, mid 50’s to 70’s
Bubba Ryan, early 20’s
Roo Webber, late 40’s
Johnnie Dowd, mid 20’s.
Performance Dates are 16-19 & 23-26 April 2015.