Are You Being Served

SoACT’s next production hitting the boards is the ever popular  “Are You Being Served” by David Lloyd and David Croft.  This show had a long life run on British TV, from 1972 to 1985.

Set in a fictional Department Store, Grace Bros it revolves around sales in ladies, and gent’s departments. The comedy of the show keeps the laughter bubbling throughout and one can barely draw breath for the entire show.

Director Anna Swift has put together an excellent cast of experienced actors to play the very colourful roles.  The list actors include Lynden Clark, Patrick Kenny, Mel Donges, Shaun Perry, Blake Smith, Harry Nixon, Josh Steadman, Craig Dixon , Adrian Hallam, Antonella Salvestro, Amber – Rose Walker, Cassandra Nicholson, Damian Triulcio.

Bookings are now open for this wonderful comedy and tickets are selling very fast.  The show opens on Sunday 5thAugust at 3 pm and runs Sundays in August through to 26th. So make sure you are free!

To book your tickets, contact the office on 02 6921 2594 or visit the website on http://www.soact.com.au or click on the link below:

https://trybooking.com/386478

Directors Workshop

There are four places left for the Director’s Workshop with Peter Cox at the Basement Theatre, on 2 June  from 10am-1pm and 3 June from 1pm-4pm followed by chat & drinks.  All attendees must commit to both sessions.

Registration ends 24 May 2018 so it is first in best dressed so please phone or email the office as soon as possible on 02 6921 2594 or email contact@soact.com.au

Cast and Crew Exploring the Humour and Nuance of Coward for Design for Living

Design for Living is in mid flight with rehearsals, dress designs, set design and actors working very hard to bring to life an amazing script by Noel Coward.

Director Fay Walters says the play is about a continuous love triangle with three lovers; a woman and two younger men. The young men have made their way from rags to riches, which has a rather dampening effect on the way their idol sees them. She preferred the times when they were not successful.

The artistic team of actors joyfully pursue all the nuances of the words of Coward who is well known for his literary skills, especially when creating words for the sake of words.
The cast find the piece of theatre an exploration of the glitz, gusto, glamour, neurotic behaviours of the rich and famous and the continuous dilemma of who loves who the most and what they will do about the complexities of the entire situation.

The audience may look forward to ever changing comic situations, fast moving changes of heart, re unions and total mayhem. Overall this is a fine recipe for total entertainment.

Cast members Jo Darby, Jackson Balme and Joel Hardy are the characters with the big question mark asking whom shall I choose? It is the somewhat stable and moral sense of Ernest, best friend to all three played by Tony Trench, who ends up with a somewhat twisted fate in the closing moments of the play.

Dates of performance of Design for Living by Noel Coward 27,28,29 April 3, 4,5 May Evenings performances at 7.30, Sundays at 3pm

Basement Theatre Bookings now open.

Design for Living

Flowing on from the “Sold Out” success of Dinkum Assorted, Wagga School of Arts has already cast their April Production Design for Living by Noel Coward and Directed by Fay Walters and sponsored by Mantra Pavilion Hotel.

The play is set in the 1930’s and is a colourful classic fashionable comedy with a twist. The actors in this play ages vary and the essential element is vocal delivery, sense of comedy and excellent timing.

The cast includes Jo Darby, Jackson Balme, Joel Hardy, Tony Trench,, Fiona Summerell, Kristil – Rae Mobbs, Blake Smith, Niamh Johnson, Josh Steadman, Chris Kanck..

The play will be performed as Theatre in the Round with a stunning set constructed by Chris Kanck.

Design for Living offers actors a challenge to embrace an era of style, savoir faire and a real contest between the bohemian talentocracy and moral orthodoxy.Opens on 27th April in the Basement Theatre

Design for Living – Audition Notice

A Special Invitation to Audition for “Design for Living” directed by Fay Walters.

A whirl of passions, exquisite poses and pain, travelling in style from Paris to London and New York each act.

                 Date: 20th January,2018

   Where: Library Community Room

Times: 10 am to 3.30 pm

Design for Living by Noel Coward is a brilliant 1930’s comedy of style, class and characters full of enthusiasm for life and fun.

Auditions for this production will be held on 20th January from 10 am through to 4 pm in half hour slots. We would be delighted to hear from you. Please phone the office on (02) 6921 2594 for an appointment.

Performances run end of April to early May in the Basement Theatre. Audition Pieces will be sent with your invitation. Ages of cast 20’s, 30’s 40’s plus.

 

Night and Day Ma Cherie

Me for you and you for me

We are living in the smart upper sets

Let other lovers sing their duets

Duets are made for the Bourgeois

But only God can make a trio

Dinkum Assorted

Hume Bank presents the Wagga School of Arts Community Theatre production of Dinkum Assorted in the February Fun Day Slot of 2018

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Dinkum Assorted by Linda Aronson is the first production in the 2018 calendar of theatre for Wagga School of Arts SoACT. Directed by Diana Lovett, this play is probably the only play in the world written for a cast of fifteen women. Dinkum Assorted embraces the roles women had to undertake during the Second World War.

Set in an Australian country town biscuit factory this play shows how the all – female cast factory workers fight to save the factory. We see the hilarious and poignant adventures of these women working together with determination to succeed. They cry, laugh, sing, dance, become air raid wardens, put on a show for two thousand American airmen as part of their efforts to prove We Can Do It!

Margaret Davies is the Musical Director and the choreographer is Lee Kennedy. A cast of well known and new actors illustrate the colourful characters with great skill and dedication. Audiences will fall in love with these wonderful, talented and determined women.

Bookings open for Dinkum Assorted on 16th January, The season runs from February 4th through to February 25th. Every Sunday afternoon and two Sunday evenings.

Dinkum Assorted

Wagga School of Arts Community Theatre are well under way with rehearsals for the first show of 2018. Travelling under the banner of
February Fun Days the show is sponsored by Hume Bank and is an Australian Iconic piece of musical comedy set in Australia during World War 2.

15 women of all ages ranging from 16 to 60 plus take over the running of an iconic Australian Biscuit Factory in the mid 1940’s in a small North Queensland town and put their backs into making it a success while their men are away fight the war.

Director Diana Lovett has selected a cast of some new faces as well as some well known ones. Diana has announced the final cast as: – Anna Swift, Tracy Osborne, Lynden Clark, Zoe Hadler, Imogen Hadler, Jenny Ellis, Mel Donges, Sharon Horner and Cassandra Nicholson. The musical director is Marg Davies and the choreographer is Lee Kennedy.

Dinkum Assorted opens the first Sunday in February for a month of Sunday performances, with two evening performance slots in the programme.

Pinter’s Betrayal brings touch of Drama to SoACT Season

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A bold and exciting piece of theatre by Harold Pinter is the next production that will be staged by the Wagga Wagga School of Arts Community Theatre (SoACT).

Presented by Scobell’s Plumbing, Betrayal will be the only drama performed in the 2017 season by SoACT.

Betrayal is being directed by the well known and experienced director Fay Walters.

Fay has selected the following three actors for her cast… Kylie Gilmore, Ben Gilmore, and Craig Dixon.

The theme of the play is the age old eternal triangle of love and relationships. The script is a bold piece of theatre that describes the complex web of lies and deceit that are spun over a seven year extra marital affair. The outstanding feature of the play is Pinter’s use of reverse chronology to bring the story to life for the audience. The first scene takes place once the affair has ended whilst the final scene occurs before the affair has begun.

Pinter uses some comedy in this play to add to the reality of situations that could be pain filled, but often reversed over a game of Squash.

Betrayal opens on Friday 6th October and runs a six performance season ending on Sunday 15th October with a matinee.