Coming SoACT Productions

 

Planning is already on track for our final two major productions of the year.

Auditions were held on June 15 and 16 for the August Month of Sundays’ show, Hay Fever, sponsored by the Rules Club Wagga Wagga. The cast will be announced soon – watch this space!

Fay Walters will direct this popular Noel Coward comedy for performances on Sunday afternoons, August 4, 11, 18 and 25 in the Basement Theatre.

Then, in a forerunner to our October production, director Irene Robson, will be held a Calendar Girls play reading on 18 June at 7 pm in the Basement Theatre.

Calendar Girls is scheduled for performances from October 3 to 6 and October 10 to 13.

BACK TO THE CIVIC THEATRE!!

 

The 50th anniversary of the opening of the Wagga Civic Theatre will be celebrated late this month.

A week of special performances is planned leading up to the actual date of the anniversary, 29 June.

The Wagga School of Arts will be a proud participant in the celebrations, with a performance in the Civic Theatre on Thursday 27 June at 7.30 pm – Ten x 10 PlayFest Revisited featuring the 10 plays seen in the recent performances.

We are hoping to stage the performance in conjunction with a reunion of  past members, many of whom have performed on the Civic Theatre stage in the years gone by.

We have had a strong association with the Civic Theatre since its  inception.  The group was a major contributor towards the funding for the building of the theatre and had the honour of presenting the first show in the Civic Theatre – the colourful comedy  The Teahouse of the August Moon.

Over many years, members of  the School of Arts presented a wide range of shows on the Civic Theatre stage including musicals, Shakespeare, drama and comedy and the annual Drama Festival.

The SoACT Committee hopes old and new members will join to support our 27 June program, once again treading the boards of the Civic Theatre.

Love Letters

Just a reminder that Love Letters by AR Gurney opens on Friday 12 April 2013 and finishes on the 21 April 2013 in the Basement Theatre.  Please come along and see Nancy & Tony treading the boards.  The days and times are – Friday & Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm

Acoustic Cabaret

Last month’s acoustic cabaret night at the Basement Theatre was an evening of entertainment and fun.

Hosted in inimitable style by Noel Raynes, it provided easy listening from singers and musicians, lots of laughs from the tellers of tall tales, and even a brief piece of theatre from SoACT.

The concept is casual and relaxed and members should take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy an evening’s entertainment without the dreaded amplification devices!

Noel is already planning another cabaret, this time on Wednesday night, May 22.  If there’s something on upstairs that night, he’ll go ahead at a venue yet to be decided. So watch this space for more details closer to the time.

Riverina Water Ten x10 PlayFest

Riverina Water’s Tenx10 PlayFest 2013 is shaping up to be an entertaining and varied program.The ten plays cover a range of themes from relationships between old and young, romantic entanglements, fairy tales and reality television. Directors are lining up their casts and  organisation is on track for the annual feast of original short plays at the Nathan Room, Wagga Commercial Club on Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8 at 8 pm, and Sunday June 9 at 2 pm.

The ten plays are:

Coda  by Kylie Rackham

Promise by Michael Luckins

Is this the Real Life …? by Peter Cox

Limbo   by Greg Gould

The Moment  by Gabriel McCarthy

Little Red Riding Hood   by Kildare College students

Loving in the Park by John Tilbrook

Missing Katerina by Alex Broun

The Sixteen Things She Said by Kate Toon

Driving the Holden  by Gerry Greenland

The festival will be launched by Mayor, Councillor Rod Kendall, at a special gathering on Thursday 16 May at the Wagga Commercial Club. In addition to the Mayor, special guests will be Graeme Halley, manager of the festival’s naming sponsor, Riverina Water, and Civic Theatre manager, Michael Frawley.

Once again, we are grateful to the Wagga Commercial Club for their generosity in providing a venue for the Tenx10 PlayFest – the Nathan Room – and also for the festival launch – the R J Hall Room.

LOVE LETTERS

By A R Gurney

Love Letters traces the lifelong correspondence of the staid, dutiful lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and the lively, unstable artist Melissa Gardner. The story of their bittersweet relationship unfolds from what is written – and what is left unsaid – in their letters. A smash hit both on and off Broadway, Love Letters captures Andy and Melissa with a precision of detail and depth of feeling that only Gurney can command. Wagga audiences may recall a previous Gurney play presented by SoACT, Sylvia, in 2005.

Love Letters originally opened in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1988. Subsequently it was presented off-Broadway in February 1989 and then on Broadway in October of the same year, with Jason Robards as Andy and Colleen Dewhurst as Melissa. Since then the play has featured a roll call of some of the best-known names from Broadway and Hollywood.

SoACT’s production will feature two of Wagga’s well-established actors – Nancy Blacklow and Tony Trench.

NancyBlacklow’s most recent appearance in a mainstage production was as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Riverina Playhouse for SoACT in 2009. By way of contrast she also appeared as a bag lady as part of the Ten x 10 Playfest 2012. Previously she appeared in Colin Anderson’s production of Anything Goes for the Riverina Theatre Company in 2002. Nancy also curated the exhibition of historical material which accompanied the Wagga School of Arts’ 150th anniversary in 2009.

Tony Trench has appeared in many SoACT productions, most recently as President Nixon in Frost/Nixon and as McLeavy in Loot, both in 2012. Other leading roles have been in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A View from the Bridge and Sylvia, also by A R Gurney.

Love Letters will be presented in the Basement Theatre (at the rear of the Wagga Civic Theatre) on the corner of Morrow and Tarcutta Streets for six performances only, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8.00pm and Sundays at 3.00pm from April 12 to 21. Tickets are available at the Civic Theatre Booking Office, phone 6926 9688.

Acoustic Cabaret

Hear Ye! Hear ye!

You are invited to come to the Basement Theatre This Sunday 17 March at 7 pm for the premier of Acoustic Cabaret. A night filled with entertainment, singers, poets, musicians, actors . The programme is full of talent and variety and for a cost of $5 you get a coffee and a drink. Make sure you come along and get this show on the road to success as a regular happening.

Calendar Girls – Show Date Change

The production of Calendar Girls which was scheduled for April in the Basement Theatre has been postponed until October because the casting of nine women and four men proved more complex than we originally thought.

It will now become our last production for 2013 and will play in the Basement from October 3 to 13.

In the meantime, subject to approval by the committee, we are planning to stage Love Letters by A R Gurney in the slot left vacant by this postponement – April 11-14 and April 18-21.

Love Letters traces the lifelong correspondence of the staid, dutiful lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and the lively, unstable artist Melissa Gardner. The story of their bittersweet relationship unfolds from what is written – and what is left unsaid – in their letters.

A smash hit both on and off Broadway, Love Letters captures Andy and Melissa with a precision of detail and depth of feeling that only Gurney can command.

Some of the reviews included:

“Exhilarating, funny and moving” – The Wall Street Journal

“Delightful … entertaining … satisfying … The most charming play to date of a charming writer” – New York Observer

“A mini epic … Dialogue this fine can speak for itself” – USA Today