Death By Design


As a one off special the Wagga School of Arts is offering a very special promotion deal for their current production Death by Design, which opens Thursday 23rd March at 7.30 pm in the Basement Theatre.

This Exclusive offer to theatre goers is a package put together for the Friday 24th March 7.30 performance only.

The Special Package offers patrons an opportunity to buy one adult ticket and obtain the second ticket FREE. It also enables the purchaser to go in a draw for a complimentary double pass for the Entire Theatre season of 2017, which includes, Ten X 10 Play Fest, ‘Allo ‘Allo, and a Flea in Her Ear. A wonderful collection of great theatre. This offer goes to the first thirty people who ring the School of Arts office on 6921 2594 and book their seat.

Death by Design by Rob Urbinati is a comedy murder with a stunning cast of actors that will keep the audience both amused and intrigued. Directed by Kylie Gilmore, the play has flair in presentation and absolute stunning set design reflecting the period of the Art Deco era.

Auditions for ‘Allo ‘Allo

Listen very carefully….    Auditions for ‘Allo ‘Allo

We are looking for a large cast to perform in the British farce Allo Allo to be staged in August 2017.

Atrocious French, German and British accents are mandatory !  The auditions will be held over two weekends, booking is essential. A copy of the script will be available for you to prepare a selection of parts.

The cast, from major to minor parts are:

The French

Rene – A French café owner

Edith – his wife, who sings very bad cabaret

Michelle – an agent of the French resistance

Yvette – a sexy waitress

Mimi – a short sexy waitress

The Germans/Italians                                                                          The British

Helga – German, officer                                  Crabtree – disguised as French Gendarme

Herr Flick of the Gestapo                                1st Airman

Leclerc – a French forger                               2nd Airman

German Colonel – balding, older chap

Italian Captain – charming

Lieutenant Gruber of the German army

Auditions will be :

Saturday 18th March 1pm -5 pm Sunday 19th 1 -5 pm Bookings essential to make a time.

Venue:  At the Commercial Club Balcony meet and greet auditions in Meeting room.

Please phone or email SOACT for an audition time. Phone: 02 6921 2594


Contact Anna on 0418488100 for further information


Death By Design

Following on from the success of “You Haven’t Changed a Bit, and Other Lies”, rehearsals for SoACT’s next production is well underway.

The exciting play “Death by Design” by Rob Urbinati, is being directed by Kylie Gilmore, a young director who chose this well written script for the wit, intrigue, and the strong combined flavours of Noel Coward and Agatha Christie.


Kylie has selected a strong cast of local talent for this production.  Some very well known actors and some are fresh faces. Members of the cast include. Tim Stait, Tracey Lonergan, Diana Lovett, Tony Trench, Craig Dixon, Blake Smith, Saasha Mc Millan, and Antonella Salvestro.

The play takes place in 1932 at the British country home of playwright Edward Bennett (Tim Stait) and his actress wife Sorel Bennett (Tracey Lonergan). The colourful group of friends who come to spend the weekend in the country create an air of theatrical glamour; whilst they witness a comic murder plot designed by the housekeeper.

Mystery mayhem and lots of laughter are the key ingredients of this clever script. Death by Design opens in the Basement Theatre March 23 at 7.30 pm and runs for a two week season.

Wagga Wagga International Jazz Day

“Mark your diary for Saturday, 29th April, 2017 to make sure you come to Wagga Wagga’s International Jazz Day at the Commercial Club, Gurwood Street in Wagga Wagga. The Nathan Room and the RJ Hall Room will be filled with great jazz music; the Nathan Room from 2 pm to 5pm for School bands programme; then from 6.00 pm to midnight, wonderful jazz in both rooms. Further details will be published as they become available.”

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You Haven’t Changed a Bit…. and Other Lies!

Final rehearsals are running for the February Fun Day production Sponsored by Hume Bank and presented by the Wagga School of Arts You Haven’t Changed a Bit, and Other Lies. The production is a Musical Revue with music and book by Jerry and Steve Mayer.

 As opening performance commences on Sunday 5th February at 3 pm the cast together with the Director Margaret Bannister and Musical Director Jill Chappelow are working their hardest to bring the cast to the peak of their performances.

Taking a break from the tight rehearsal Schedule are the three male stars of the show, Harry Nixon, Patrick Kenny and Darren Wallace who slipped away to the Wagga Commercial Club to try their luck at the casino. Not quite Vegas, which is the destination they disappear to in a cloak and dagger plan to get away from the wives for a boys weekend in the story of the show. What they don’t take into account in this boys weekend escape is the homecoming that the wives in their total chagrin have planned.

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Unfortunately they were spied by photographer Deri Hadler who caught them in the act. Photographs were taken as proof of their whereabouts and they were dragged back to rehearsals for the rest of the day.

You Haven’t Changed a bit is a musical revue feature the trial and errors of ageing, longevity of married life and potential to change the goal posts of expectations of life after 50.

Sunday 5th, 12th February at 3pm

Sunday 19th, 26th February  at 3 pm and 7.30 pm

Ticket Price:      $20
SoACT Office 02 6921 2594  or
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You Haven’t Changed a Bit…. And Other Lies!

Hume Bank presents the Wagga School of Arts production You Haven’t Changed a Bit and Other Lies the first show in the 2017 performance calendar.

Slotted into the well known February Fun Days time slot, this production fits perfectly under this banner. A further piece of great news Wagga School of Arts wish to share with their patrons is The Basement Theatre is now Air Conditioned ensuring total comfort when attending the show.

You Haven’t Changed a Bit and Other Lies is from long time TV scriptwriter Jerry Mayer and is a musical collaboration with composer son Steve Mayer that explores the highs and lows of life after 50 and 60. The show features an 18 tune score, the problems of ageing are filtered through three married couples who have known each other for many years.

The song list really gives some insight to the story line including Bye Bye Brain, Isn’t it Time we Called it A Day? The Role Reversal Tango just to name a few.

The cast working as a tight ensemble bring high energy and exuberance to the songs and the dance numbers. The Choreography has been done by Lynden Clark, who also has a role in the production.

Margaret Bannister Director together with Musical Director Jill Chappelow have brought the cast to a high level of comedy and musical revue. If laughter is the best medicine this show will have you feeling better in the first 10 minutes of being in the audience.

Come along and share the laughter and experience the simple joy felt by the three couples of the ensemble in reaching their mature years still married to their original partners.


WHEN                                      Sunday 5, 12 February 3pm

Sunday 19, 26 February 3 pm and 7.30 pm

WHERE                                    Basement Theatre Cnr of Tarcutta and Morrow Sts.

BOOKINGS                             Phone (02) 6921 2594 or on line: