LOVEBiTES – a timeless sensation

LOVEBiTES opened to a very happy audience on Sunday last and continues to
run until February 24 th in the Basement Theatre.

Mel Donges, the Director of LOVEBiTES, was thrilled with the audience response
to the opening show. Her cast excelled all her expectations and wooed the
audience. With five shows remaining in the season people are urged to book
so as not to miss out on this iconic Australian Musical Revue that is a first for a
long time in theatre in Wagga Wagga. Total music, dance and very little
dialogue….just singers and songs to delight.
The story is both old and modern as it deals with love, which is timeless, and all
the side effects that relationships encounter. Laughter, tears, regret, surprise,
and happiness all rolled into the landscape of life.

LOVEBiTES Starts the Year with a Song and a Dance

Opening the 160th year of SoACT, Love Bites by James Millar and Peter Rutherford is a song cycle musical revue about falling in and out of love. A long time theme of relationships captured in music, song and dance.

Seven couples share their stories, the talented cast of seven play all seven couples: this in itself is a great challenge which they have risen to with great enthusiasm and expertise.

The revue highlights all the unlikely places couples meet and start their relationships, including an aeroplane, a florist shop, a mountain top or strolling through a zoo… One never knows where love can be found!

The overall diversity of this musical revue engages the audience in their stories and allows the audience to travel with them through the tender meetings to the sometimes triumphant, sometimes tragic conclusions.

The strong sparkle of satire, wit and innuendo is ever present in the show with the strong vocal ability of the cast and the energy of choreography will keep the feet taping and audience wanting more.

This is an original Australian work directed by Melissa Donges, with vocal coaching by Leah Ellis and pianist Hannah Caterer.

Mel Donges had also done the choreography for the show and plays one of the many roles.

Mel has a long history of great work in theatre in Wagga; Love Bites is her first time in the director’s chair.

Love Bites opens on Sunday February 3 at 3pm at the Basement Theatre and has a season running each Sunday of the month until February 24.

Bookings available now:
Contact SoACT on 02 6921 2594
or email contact@soact.com.au
 or click on this link:

A special date-night offer to celebrate Valentine’s Day is set down for the evening performance of Sunday February 10.  Buy one ticket get the second free, a welcome champagne on arrival, plus a gift for each couple. An ideal way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and see the show!

LOVEBiTES

The first production in the 2019 160th Anniversary Year for Wagga School of Arts Community Theatre is LOVEBiTES a Musical Revue written by James Millar and Peter Rutherford.

SCOBELL’S PLUMBING is presenting this first production which is being performed in the February Fun Days Slot. – Sunday’s in February commencing on 3rd.

The director is Melissa Donges, a well know actor, singer, dancer and choreographer and SoACT is delighted that she has volunteered to direct this show as it is full of songs, dance and great comedy.

Auditions have taken place and the cast has been chosen resulting in a very talented ensemble. The cast are Iain Wright, Leah Ellis, Dominic Hort, Tim Phillips, Jessica Brodie, David Downey and Mel Donges.

The Musical Director is a newcomer to Wagga Hannah Caterer, and Choreography is being undertaken by Director Mel Donges.

This show is all song and dance, and will be one of the highlights of theatre in Wagga in 2019.

LOVEBiTES

Ms Donges said she will be leading a cast of seven, with three females and four males.“This is my first one to direct,” she said. “I am very nervous, but also very excited.

“It’s a good show for me to start with because the dialogue isn’t hectic and the characters are very real which means we can apply method acting.”

Ms Donges said she has a very hands-on approach especially considering her background as a choreographer which she will also be using for the show.

Members of the cast are Iain Wright, Leah Ellis, Dominic Hort, Tim Phillips, Jessica Brodie, David Downey,  and Ms Donges. Musical director is a newcomer to Wagga Hannah Caterer.

For more information, please contact the SoACT office on 02 6921 2594 or emailing contact@soact.com.au

2019 Productions

2019 is almost upon us, so get ready to be entertained by yet another great lineup of shows. In 2018 just about every performance was close to, or completely sold out so don’t delay in organising your tickets.

First off the rank isLOVEBiTES”, our February Fundays feature, followed by an Agatha Christie special – “Witness for the Prosecution”. The “Ten x 10” Playfest that showcases aspiring writers as well as actors and directors is in June, followed by “Absolutely Fabulous” as our August Month of Sundays offering. Last but not least, “Venus in Fur” in October, rounds off our season for 2019.

But yet there is more!!!

2019 marks the 160th year that SoACT has been running, and there are plans at foot for some extra special entertainment events throughout the year…so watch this space.

For more information, please contact the SoACT office on 02 6921 2594 or emailing contact@soact.com.au

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY

Rehearsals are under way for the Wagga School of Arts Community Theatre and their October production of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily presented by Wagga RSL/Commercial Clubs.

This production is under the direction of Josh Steadman, who has returned to Wagga after an absence of some years.  Josh is assisted by Margaret Bannister for this production. In casting Sherlock Holmes, Josh has selected a cast of well-known actors, some returning to SoACT after some years.  Iain Wright is one of these actors and he is in the role of Sherlock Holmes.

As the final production in the very successful 2018 season this show promises to deliver top entertainment coupled with some mystery and intrigue as the plot is revealed. Wagga School of Arts …SOACT has enjoyed sell out performances for most of the shows in 2018 so it is very important for our patrons to get their tickets early.

Bookings can be made now – online at www.soact.com.au or by phoning 02 6921 2594. or by going to the following link:

https://www.trybooking.com/414867

As Director, Josh Steadman brings to the show a wealth of experience and to have him on board for the final offering is a great bonus for the Wagga School of Arts Community Theatre.  As an actor Josh was last seen as Mr Rumbold in Are You Being Served.

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