You Haven’t Changed a Bit…. and Other Lies!

Final rehearsals are running for the February Fun Day production Sponsored by Hume Bank and presented by the Wagga School of Arts You Haven’t Changed a Bit, and Other Lies. The production is a Musical Revue with music and book by Jerry and Steve Mayer.

 As opening performance commences on Sunday 5th February at 3 pm the cast together with the Director Margaret Bannister and Musical Director Jill Chappelow are working their hardest to bring the cast to the peak of their performances.

Taking a break from the tight rehearsal Schedule are the three male stars of the show, Harry Nixon, Patrick Kenny and Darren Wallace who slipped away to the Wagga Commercial Club to try their luck at the casino. Not quite Vegas, which is the destination they disappear to in a cloak and dagger plan to get away from the wives for a boys weekend in the story of the show. What they don’t take into account in this boys weekend escape is the homecoming that the wives in their total chagrin have planned.

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Unfortunately they were spied by photographer Deri Hadler who caught them in the act. Photographs were taken as proof of their whereabouts and they were dragged back to rehearsals for the rest of the day.

You Haven’t Changed a bit is a musical revue feature the trial and errors of ageing, longevity of married life and potential to change the goal posts of expectations of life after 50.

Sunday 5th, 12th February at 3pm

Sunday 19th, 26th February  at 3 pm and 7.30 pm

Ticket Price:      $20
SoACT Office 02 6921 2594  or
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You Haven’t Changed a Bit…. And Other Lies!

Hume Bank presents the Wagga School of Arts production You Haven’t Changed a Bit and Other Lies the first show in the 2017 performance calendar.

Slotted into the well known February Fun Days time slot, this production fits perfectly under this banner. A further piece of great news Wagga School of Arts wish to share with their patrons is The Basement Theatre is now Air Conditioned ensuring total comfort when attending the show.

You Haven’t Changed a Bit and Other Lies is from long time TV scriptwriter Jerry Mayer and is a musical collaboration with composer son Steve Mayer that explores the highs and lows of life after 50 and 60. The show features an 18 tune score, the problems of ageing are filtered through three married couples who have known each other for many years.

The song list really gives some insight to the story line including Bye Bye Brain, Isn’t it Time we Called it A Day? The Role Reversal Tango just to name a few.

The cast working as a tight ensemble bring high energy and exuberance to the songs and the dance numbers. The Choreography has been done by Lynden Clark, who also has a role in the production.

Margaret Bannister Director together with Musical Director Jill Chappelow have brought the cast to a high level of comedy and musical revue. If laughter is the best medicine this show will have you feeling better in the first 10 minutes of being in the audience.

Come along and share the laughter and experience the simple joy felt by the three couples of the ensemble in reaching their mature years still married to their original partners.


WHEN                                      Sunday 5, 12 February 3pm

Sunday 19, 26 February 3 pm and 7.30 pm

WHERE                                    Basement Theatre Cnr of Tarcutta and Morrow Sts.

BOOKINGS                             Phone (02) 6921 2594 or on line:


Five x 10 Playfest

Good Afternoon All
Directors are hard at work making preparations for Wagga School of Arts Community Theatre…SoACT final offering of the year.
The Ten x 10 Playfest is a very popular item on our yearly programme. Our assessors who are asked to make the selection of the ten plays are also asked to prepare a short list of five.
It is some years since a Five x 10 event has been presented and this year we are proud to announce an opportunity for you to view the shortlisted five plays from this year’s Ten x 10.
There will be a one only performance of moved, rehearsed play readings featuring the five plays shortlisted in The Basement Theatre on Sunday 27 November at 3.00 pm.
A single ticket price of $5.00 per head will apply and this includes tea and coffee after the performance.
All tickets are available at the door and no phone bookings are necessary.

EASY VIRTUE – Last Chance!!

August Month of Sundays“Easy Virtue”

Sunday 28th August at 3.00pm and 7.30pm

The matinee performance is heading towards another sell out show – so get on line now (or call the office during the day) to ensure a seat.

(see below for special “Stage Door Super deal”)

SoACT Office 02 6921 2594
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To get the special “Stage Door Special Deal”, please call the office to book, or turn up at the door from 7.00pm for a 7.30 start.

Ticket Prices: Matinee Performance

General Admission                 $25
Members & Concession         $20
Students or Groups of 10+     $15

Ticket Prices Sunday 7.30pm:

General Admission                 $25 plus one at $15
Members & Concession         $20 plus one at $10

The Wagga School of Arts current production, presented by Hume Bank, Easy Virtue is very popular with Wagga audiences.  The playwright Noel Coward has a famous quote that might give some insight into the play’s popularity. He says, “I’m an enormously talented man, and there’s no use pretending that I’m not”.

Easy Virtue is a total reflection of the genius of Mr Coward, who remains a playwright greatly admired and appreciated for his great acerbic wit.

Directors Dennis and Louise Blackett have brought to the stage a colourful, stylised production overflowing with talented actors that should not be missed!


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I LOVE A PIANO CAST: (Back) Michele Sims-Hemmings, Katie Wall, Laurie Theile, Mel Donges, (front) Tim Lancaster, Lynette Hogan, Lachy Gulliford and Emma Carmichael.

Warm up your vocal chords and get ready to stroll down memory lane with the Wagga School of Arts’ final show for 2015, I Love a Piano.

This musical revue, presented by the Wagga RSL and Commercial Clubs, celebrates the work of songwriter Irving Berlin and provides an ideal pre-Christmas evening of entertainment.

I Love a Piano will be on at the Wagga Commercial Club at 8pm each night from December 1st to 5th, with additional 2pm performances on Saturday and Sunday, December 5th and 6th.

I Love a Piano features hits such as Puttin on the Ritz, White Christmas, Blue Skies and Cheek to Cheek, all memorable songs from a great lyricist and composer Irving Berlin.

In an exciting venture for SoACT, I Love a Piano is under the direction of professional director/writer, actor and composer, Bethany Simons.
A former student of Charles Sturt University in Wagga, Bethany is building a strong following as a solo artist in Melbourne and in wider tours. She currently works as a program manager with Theatre Network Victoria. In Wagga for I Love a Piano, Bethany is leading a professional creative team with Nichole Ingram as musical director and Melissa Donges as choreographer.

The cast for I Love a Piano includes Tim Lancaster, Melissa Donges, Lynette Hogan, Emma Carmichael, Katie Wall, David Payne, Laurie Theile, Lachy Gulliford, and Michelle Sims- Hemmings.

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In a further link with Charles Sturt University, assistant to the director is Saasha McMillan, who has just completed her third year in the Bachelor of Stage and Screen degree.

Saasha recently appeared in SoACT’s production of Wild Goose Chase and is enjoying the opportunity to work with and learn from a professional director/performer.

I Love a Piano is the Wagga School of Arts’ first continuous season this year, rather than the group’s usual shows over two weekends.

Bookings can be made at the Commercial Club booking office, between 10am and 4pm, or online.

When: December 1 to 6. December 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 evenings at 8pm and December 5 and 6 matinees at 2pm
Where: Wagga Commercial Club, 77 Gurwood Street
Tickets: $35 each. Online bookings close December 4th.

Contact the Commercial Club on 6921 3012.

WILD GOOSE CHASE – get your tickets now!

Check this out!!  (click on the link)

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Basement Theatre

Thursday 15th October   7.30pm (Gala Night supporting Embrace 4 Bipolar)
Friday      16th October   7.30pm
Saturday  17th October   7.30pm
Sunday     18th October   3.00pm

Thursday 22nd October   7.30pm
Friday      23rd October    7.30pm
Saturday  24th October    7.30pm
Sunday    25th October    3.00pm

Thursday 15th October all tickets $30
All other performances:
Adults $25
Concessions $20
Groups of 10 or more at $15 per person

Civic Theatre 02 6926 9688


Feel like a night of crazy laughter? Feel like supporting a worthy cause?

Come and see what happens when you throw together an expected visitor who never shows up, a photographer evading two crooks, a love-struck teenager crazy about the village constable, a shortsighted maid, a crazy relic hunter and a few villains……

Lady E and Patricia Pond and Jenny Cap Chest and Wedge

This SoACT production of Wild Goose Chase is proudly sponsored by  Brunslea Park, who have an on going major campaign  supporting Embrace 4 Bipolar.  SoACT is donating $10 from every ticket sold on the opening night to this worthy cause.
Productions put on by SoACT in the last few years have had sell out performances – so be sure to book your tickets at the Civic Theatre well in advance!
You can walk up and get a ticket at the door if you want to take that chance – but best book to be sure!

Where:    Basement Theatre

Thursday 15th October   7.30pm (Gala Night supporting Embrace 4 Bipolar)
Friday      16th October   7.30pm
Saturday  17th October   7.30pm
Sunday     18th October   3.00pm

Thursday 22nd October   7.30pm
Friday      23rd October    7.30pm
Saturday  24th October    7.30pm
Sunday    25th October    3.00pm

Thursday 15th October all tickets $30
All other performances:
Adults $25
Concessions $20
Groups of 10 or more at $15 per person

Civic Theatre 02 6926 9688

Nunsense – Tabled Seating Booked Out!!!!

The table seating has been totally booked out, and the Commercial Club web site bookings have closed. However – don’t despair, turn up at the door on the night, and you should be able to get seated.

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December 11th, 12th, 13th at 8pm;  Sunday December 14th  – matinee at 3.00pm
Prices (Show only):
RSL/Commercial Club members and SOACT Members : $20 per person
Adults $30
Concessions  $25
Tables of 6 persons $120
Tables of 8 persons $160

Vale Peter Barton

Members have been saddened by the passing on June 15 of Peter Barton, one of the stalwarts of our organisation over many years.

Peter was a set designer and builder of amazing skill and ingenuity, a lighting and sound technician able to adapt his skills from the small church hall used for early productions to the new surrounds of the Civic Theatre when it opened in 1963.

As well, he turned his hand to directing and was responsible for such musical feasts as Fiddler on the Roof, Stop the World I Want to Get Off, The Sound of Music and Brigadoon.

It is doubtful if there would be a show programme from the 1950s to 80s without Peter Barton’s name noted in some role.

He played a major part in the administration of the School of Arts, and also took his talents to students in Charles Sturt University’s theatre courses. Theatre in Wagga is richer for the talents of Peter Barton.

Our sympathies go out to his wife, Fay, and family.

VALE Mick Radatti

SoACT members were saddened by the passing of Mick Radatti  early in May.

Mick was a talented writer, director and actor and was a driving force in the establishment of SoACT’s Tenx10 festival.

As the director of the musical Hair in 2010, he brought talent and vitality to the Riverina Playhouse stage.

In 2009 as president he led the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Wagga Wagga School of Arts.

His work in the local theatrical scene will not be forgotten.