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.

Listen carefully, as I will say this only once… Sunday night special offer!!

Rene the Cafe owner, played by Patrick Kenny, is a man of great energy and zest as he works very hard to keep three women happy, both in the bedroom and in the workplace. His wife Edith, played by Jo Darby, of course is not aware of his dalliance with the two waitresses and still holds great hope that their love life will be re-ignited before the war ends. Presented by Mantra Pavilion Hotel, and Directed by Anna Swift, audiences can expect a total package of old fashioned entertainment.

Opening night was a sell-out with the audience receiving a high energy, cheeky performance that was well received by all who attended.

As a special offer to our online audience, we have a special for the Sunday night performances (13th and 20th of August) during the Month of Sunday’s performances: 2 Adult tickets for $40. That’s a saving of $10 for the two! Not available for the matinee performances. Ticket sales have already booked up fast prior to opening night, so get in soon and don’t miss out on the laugh-a-minute production of Allo Allo.

These tickets can be booked online at TryBooking.com on the below link. However, if you need assistance, call the office on (02) 6921 2594 and mention the Sunday night deal.

https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=298501

‘Allo ‘Allo

‘Allo ‘Allo is coming! A theatrical presentation of the 80’s BBC series which ran for seven seasons over 10 years, is in rehearsal at the Wagga School of Arts Community Theatre Basement.

  

Directed by Anna Swift, ‘Allo ‘Allo has a cast of some very well known actors and some amazing new actors to make up the large cast of fourteen plus. Starring as Rene Artois the cafe owner is Patrick Kenny and his out of tune wife is played by Jo Darby. Other members of the cast are Pennie Scott, Fiona Summerell, Tony Trench, Silas Darby, Joel Hardy, Adrian Hallam, Don Dyce, Harry Oldacre, Mel Donges, Saasha McMillan, Leigh Ladd, and Russell Vine.

‘Allo ‘Allo offer an ocean of laughs, has sharp comedy and takes the Mickey out of everybody – The French, the Germans, the British there is no favouritism.

The play is threaded with World War two histrionics which sit alongside Rene’s misbehaviour, as he plots to keep his affairs with his waitress’s secret from his wife Edith, who regularly sings in the cafe. These affairs are more humorous because Rene is not stereotypically attractive, is not considered a hero, and is often forced (against his will) by his wife to undertake missions and secret operations for French Resistance..

The main plan of the Resistance is to get the two airmen hidden in the cafe back to Britain. Every crazy attempt fails. The visual gags, the cross dressing, and the fast pace of the comedy ensures total fun and eye watering laughter.

Bookings are now open and the season runs Sundays in August in the Basement Theatre. Book online at http://www.soact.com.au or call the office on 02 6921 2594

‘Allo ‘Allo

Wagga School of Arts SoACT, have pulled the curtain down on a very successful Ten X 10 PlayFest and are now concentrating on their next production, ‘Allo ‘Allo ! By David Croft and Jeremy LLoyd.

This side splitting comedy is scheduled into the Month of Sundays in August and is sponsored by Mantra Pavilion Wagga. The auditions were very successful and director Anna Swift is delighted with her cast of both very experienced actors, and some newcomers to the stage.

Leading the cast of experienced actors is Jo Darby, well known for her role as Shirley Valentine, and last year April in Paris and more recently “No Holds Bard”. Joining Jo as Rene ’is Patrick Kenny also a well known face to Wagga audiences. ‘Allo ‘Allo brings to life the activities in a humble French Cafe in worn torn France. Bookings are now open.

Contact the SoACT office on 02 6921 2594 for details

Ten by 10 Playfest 2017 – Daily Dilemmas

Performance dates:
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th at 7.30pm and Sunday 18th June Matinee at 2.00pm all at the Commercial Club .
Prices:
Adults $25,
Concessions $20
University Students $15
School Students $10
Groups of 10 or more $15
Bookings at the Wagga Commercial Club 02 6921 3012
The Running Order of plays is as follows:
1. Exceptional Expectations – by Gwen Andrews
Director Fay Walters
2. The Checkout by Pete Malicki
Director Tamika – Jade Boyd
3. Ten Minutes on a Train Platform by Felix Carlyle
Director Tracey Lonergan with cast from Children’s Theatre Workshop
4. Press Pray – Seth Freeman
Director Chrissy Bolton
5. The Presentation – Brain Hayden
Director Margaret Bannister
6. Fear and Trembling – Peter Tucker
Director Craig Dixon
7 What Did I Say? – Diana Lovett
Director Diana Lovett
8 Mister Hipster Meets the Barista – Warren Glover
Director Robyn Horwell
9 Grace – Alex Broun
Director Tony Trench – Caroline Dalleh has come back to act in this production
10 Getting Done Over – Faith De Savigne
Director Saasha Mc Millan

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