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.



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.



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.

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.

Ten x 10 Playfest – AUDITIONS

Auditions for this years Ten x 10 Playfest are on Saturday 23rd March at the Basement between 10.00am and 3.00pm

The Ten x 10 Playfest this year is to be held at the Wagga Commercial Club on June 7, 8 and 9.

Three assessors have completed their perusal of the 56 entries and we expect to announce the final  10 plays in the next couple of weeks.

If you are interested in directing or acting in one of the short plays, please let us know as soon as possible.  Contact the SoACT  Office, phone 69212594 or email contact@soact.com.au or Ten x 10 production manager, Fay Walters,

email faygwalters@bigpond.com

The festival is a whole lot of fun and camaraderie, with the chance to see new works from a range of writers.

Plans are also well under way for the official launch of the Riverina Water Ten x 10 Play Fest  on Thursday 16 May, in the Nathan Room at the Commercial Club. The festival this year is under the theme of Theatre Gold so promises a colourful and entertaining lead-up to the program of plays.

Ten x 10 Play Fest

Planning is well under way for the annual Ten x 10 Play Fest to be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 7,8 and 9 2013.

For the second successive year, the play fest will be held in the Nathan Room at the Wagga Commercial Club and SoACT is grateful for the continuing generosity and support for this event from the Wagga RSL/Commercial Clubs management.

The call late last year for ten-minute plays brought in an amazing 56 entries and our three assessors are currently reading through these entries. Many thanks to all the writers who submitted scripts.

With the selections expected to be finalised late in February, we are now seeking directors interested in taking up a play. If you are interested please let us know at the Office, phone 02 6921 2594 or email contact@soact.com.au or Tenx10  production manager, Fay Walters, email: faygwalters@bigpond.com

Also  make a note of the date for the official launch of the Play Fest – Thursday 16 May at 7pm in the R J Hall Room, Wagga Commercial Club.

Because of the 50th anniversary of the Wagga Civic Theatre this year, the Ten x 10 Play Fest will be under the banner of Theatre Gold. We are delighted to welcome Riverina Water as the naming rights sponsor for the 2013 festival.

10 X 10 Theatre Gold Play Fest 2013

Our Ten x 10 Play Fest is on again this year and will be performed at the Wagga Commercial Club, Gurwood Street,  on the 7th 8th and 9th June 2013 . Evening performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, 7th and 8th June at 8 pm and Sunday 9th June at 3pm

2013 has been a record breaking year for playwrights submissions.  We have received 55 scripts which have been sent to our chosen assessors for selection of only 10 to be performed.  A huge and difficult task.   However this year we are also choosing 5 runners up scripts which may be seen later in performance at our Basement Theatre.

Our next task is to find directors and actors who are interested in taking part.  Anyone who would like to direct a 10 minute play or act in a 10 minute play please contact our office.  Phone 6921 2594 or email us on contact@soact.com.au. A great deal of experience can be gained by being part of this Play Fest which also offers an opportunity to join a long running and successful community theatre company.

The chosen theme this year will compliment the celebration of the Civic Theatre Celebration of 50 years in existence.  Hence the theme is “Theatre Gold”.

Calling all Playwrights

Yes, planning is already under way for the 2013 Ten x 10 Play Fest.The call has gone out for short plays to be submitted and quite a few have arrived at the SoACT office.The Play Fest will be held on June  7, 8 and 9 at the Wagga Commercial Club.The club has again given its strong  support to this festival and, as noted in last month’s newsletter, we are encouraging members to join the Wagga RSL/Commercial Club (just $5 for a year’s subscription to both clubs) as a thank you for the club’s generosity.