The Calendar Girls have landed in Wagga.

Stepping out of a Rex plane at Wagga Airport on Wednesday 18th September were the elegant cast members of the forthcoming production of Calendar Girls.

Presented by the Pavilion Boutique Hotel and Apartments, the Wagga SoACT production will run for eight performances from October 3 to October 13 in the Basement Theatre. Under the skilled direction of Irene Robson, a strong cast of local actors are bringing to life the story of a group of women trying to raise money for the cancer unit at their local hospital. Their calendar project attracts widespread attention in a story of laughs and fine entertainment.

The focus of the play has attracted the interest of local organisations with the Cancer Council using the opening performance on Thursday 3 October as a benefit night, and the local Breast Cancer Council buying the second Thursday performance on October 10. Other performances will be on Friday 4 October at 8 pm, Saturday 5 October at 3 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday 6 October at 3pm; with evening performances in the second week on Thursday and Friday October 10 and all, and the final chance to meet the Calendar Girls on Sunday 13 October at 3pm.

Bookings are now open at the Civic Theatre booking office, with special concessions for group bookings.

Interest is high in the show and people are urged to book early.

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Here come the Calendar Girls

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Sponsored by the Pavilion Boutique Hotel and Apartments, the SoACT production of Calendar Girls will be seen in the Basement Theatre for eight performances – five evening shows and three matinees – from October 3 to 13.Director Irene Robson has drawn together a fine cast of actors to follow the story of a group of women trying to raise money for a new couch in the local hospital’s waiting room – in a most unusual way!

The Wagga Cancer Council is behind the production, taking out a block booking for the show. As well, a special 2014 calendar featuring the cast is being produced, with profits from of the sale of these being donated to the Cancer Council and Breast Cancer Foundation.

Bookings can be made at the Civic Theatre booking office with special discounts for group bookings.

Hay Fever success!!!

The four Sunday afternoon performances attracted excellent audiences, with the wonderful sight of extra seating and full houses to enjoy the production of Noel Coward’s witty comedy Hay Fever. This slot in our annual program has proved to be a popular one with audiences, with its choice of plays like Coward and other 20th century writers, and perhaps also the attraction of a Sunday afternoon performance.

It is also important to note the introduction this year of naming rights to our major productions – with Rules Club Wagga taking up Hay Fever as its sponsored show for 2013. It was pleasing to see that special offers to Rules Club members brought in quite a number of people and so broadened our audience reach for future productions.

Congratulations to the directors, Fay Walters and Clancy Arnold, cast and crew on a fine afternoon’s entertainment.

Part of the appeal of Hay Fever can be seen in the setting and costuming elegance in this scene featuring Bob Hitchens and Anna Swift – a style followed through in the three acts of the production.

Part of the appeal of Hay Fever can be seen in the setting and costuming elegance in this scene featuring Bob Hitchens and Anna Swift – a style followed through in the three acts of the production.

Hay Fever

The second show today was performed to a full house, with 4 people turned away and asked to come back next week – despite more chairs being added !!!!

Only two shows left – Sunday 18th and Sunday 25th – both at 3pm.

Get there early to guarantee a seat –

Bookings can be made at Civic Theatre Booking office or tickets are sold at the door of the venue. Groups of 10 or more people receive a discount ticket price of $15 and Rules Club members also receive a discount on presentation of their membership card.

Hay Fever – on today and last two sundays in August……

We all know people like the Bliss family in “Hay Fever”. Friends who are basically rude, but fun, and we let them get away with it. They genially invite you round for a drink, are horrified when you actually arrive, and then point out they have no milk for your tea, nor tonic for the gin.

Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever” is a study of such character. Bohemian: joyfully unworried about what other people think; manipulative; unconstrained by social norms. “Abnormal, that’s what we are!” cries the daughter,  Sorel Bliss early on in the play. She’s determined to do something about it…..for about five minutes, before the distraction comes along.

The behaviour of this nutty foursome is thrown into high relief when each of the family members invites a guest to stay for the weekend. A diplomat, an ingénue, a hunk and a vamp all duly arrive, bourgeois flies ready to be woven into the Bliss family’s funny but formidable web.

All characters in this Coward play are finely etched to represent the 1920’s flamboyance and flagrant disregard for all confining elements of society, and Director Fay Walters assisted by Clancy Arnold have chosen a cast of fine actors to bring the play to life.

The cast includes, Anna Swift, Paul Flynn, Tim Lancaster, Rose Parker, Cat Hadler, Jackson Balme, Kasey Kennedy, Bob Hitchens and Margaret Bannister.

Hay Fever runs each Sunday afternoon in August in the School of Arts Basement Theatre.  Sunday 4th August saw the opening show played to an almost full house and the following Sundays ie 11th ,18th  & 25th August at 3 pm are sure to be filled to capacity.

Bookings can be made at Civic Theatre Booking office or tickets are sold at the door of the venue. Groups of 10 or more people receive a discount ticket price of $15 and Rules Club members also receive a discount on presentation of their membership card.IMG_9886 IMG_9658 IMG_9683 IMG_9686 IMG_9690 IMG_9694 IMG_9699 IMG_9710 IMG_9714 IMG_9754 IMG_9757 IMG_9763 IMG_9770 IMG_9775 IMG_9803 IMG_9820 IMG_9826 IMG_9848 IMG_9868

Hayfever

Wagga School of Arts Community Theatre together with Rules Club Wagga present Hay Fever by Noel Coward.
This play by Noel Coward offers audiences a feast of Coward’s long applauded style that combines high farce and comedy of manners.  However in Hay Fever it is more a comedy of bad manners.
The Bliss Family invite a number of guests for a weekend in the country. Over this weekend they  subject their guests to such self centred indulgent behaviour , they flee furtively on tip toe to escape further madness.
All characters in this Coward play are finely etched to represent the 1920’s flamboyance and flagrant disregard for all confining elements of society.
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Director Fay Walters Assisted by Clancy Arnold have chosen a cast of fine actors to bring the play to life.
The cast includes, Anna Swift, Paul Flynn, Tim Lancaster, Rose Parker, Cat Hadler, Jackson Balme, Kasey Kennedy, Bob Hitchens and Margaret Bannister.
Hay Fever runs Sundays in August in the School of Arts Basement Theatre. The dates being 4,11,18 &25 August at 3 pm.  Bookings at Civic Theatre Booking office or tickets are sold at the door of the venue.  Groups of 10 or more people receive a discount ticket price of $15 and Rules Club members also receive a discount on presentation of their membership card.

Hay Fever– springing to life with a great cast

Noel Coward’s   comedy of style and manners Hay Fever is this year’s Month of Sundays in   August performance.You are   invited to spend a weekend with the “Blissfully badly behaved Bliss Family”   in their country home.  Each Sunday  afternoon in August at 3pm.

The cast features:

Anna Swift as Judith Bliss;

Tim Lancaster as Simon Bliss;

Rose Parker as Sorel   Bliss;

Paul Flynn as David Bliss;

Jackson Balme as Sandy Tyrell;  (with Ethan Redmond as understudy for Sandy)

Cat Hadler as Myra Arundel;

Kasey Kennedy as Jackie Coryton;

Bob Hitchens as Richard Greatham;

Margaret   Bannister as Clara;

Director Fay Walters, along with Clancy Alpert, has the talented cast hard at work in rehearsals to bring to life this stylised and highly entertaining comedy – an ideal show for the popular August Month of Sunday slot.

10 x Ten Playfest – Theatre Gold Finale

Last night, the final showing of the 2013 10 x Ten Theatre Gold Playfest was carried out at the Civic Theatre as part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations. Many SOACT members past and present were on hand to witness ten great performances.

In the audience were some of the original cast and crew members of the very first SOACT performance in the Civic Theatre in June 1963 – the play TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON  – in particular, Dennis and Louise Blackett, Bob and Nancy Blacklow, Ida Buckley, Errol Fielder and  Mitsui Stockley who was the Japanese coach for the production. Di Alexander and Alex McDonald who were involved with the theatre club on that opening night back in ’63 were also there.

The 10 x ten format has been a popular component of the annual SOACT offerings in recent years, and has been an excellent way to show the considerable breadth of talent that exist in the region for all facets of putting on shows – writers, directors, actors and crew.

A job well done by all concerned.

BACK TO THE THEATRE!

 

Wagga School of Arts members will step back on to the Civic Theatre stage next week – 50 years after the group staged the first performance there.

In June 1963, the local community theatre group raised the curtain with a performance of the comedy ‘Teahouse of the August Moon’. Sadly our life member Peter Barton who designed the first set in the theatre passed away at the weekend.

They will be part of the 50th anniversary celebrations in the theatre next week, with an encore performance of the Tenx10 short play festival on Thursday 27 June at 7.30pm.

For some members, including a few who were part of that memorable first show, it will be a nostalgic time; for newer actors and directors, a chance to tread the boards of Wagga’s own theatre.

The School of Arts’ involvement in the theatre’s anniversary celebrations recognises its major contribution made to the construction of the theatre.

Proceeds of the sale of the School of Arts’ Fitzmaurice Street property were given to Wagga City Council, so providing more than a third of the cost of the theatre’s construction in 1962-63.

This marked the start of an ongoing association with the Civic Theatre.

Between 1963 and 2000, the School of Arts presented 110 shows in the Civic Theatre, covering comedy, drama, musicals and the long-running drama festival.

Since then, productions have been concentrated in the group’s Basement Theatre.

But next Thursday, they’ll be back!

The recent Riverina Water Tenx10 PlayFest featured a collection of varied entertaining short plays and audiences were enthusiastic about the quality of the program. Tickets for Tenx10 Revisited at the Civic Theatre are available at the Theatre Booking Office at $15 each.