At the Archives, November 27, 2016

AHOY: Students of Wagga Wagga Teachers’ College were well known to Wagga theatre-goers of the 1950s and 1960s. These three girls appeared in one of the College’s productions of Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan’s famous comic opera.

AHOY: Students of Wagga Wagga Teachers’ College were well known to Wagga theatre-goers of the 1950s and 1960s. These three girls appeared in one of the College’s productions of Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan’s famous comic opera.

STAGELIGHTS: 160 Years of Wagga Theatre is a new exhibition showcasing the long and proud history of theatre in Wagga.

Curated by Dr Nancy Blacklow, the exhibition is the third collaboration between the CSU Regional Archives and the Museum of the Riverina.

On this occasion theCivic Theatre has also been a contributing partner to the exhibition.

The exhibition showcases the groups which have brought the excitement and enjoyment of live theatre to audiences in Wagga over many years.

The displays present a wide range of theatrical fare – the School of Arts Players, Wagga's longest continuous performing group (since 1944) and now known as the School of Arts Community Theatre (SoACT); the musical delights of the Theatre Club and the Wollundry Singers; variety from the tertiary students of the early Wagga Wagga Teachers' College, followed by Rivcol Drama and the University Theatre Ensemble; young actors in the Children's Theatre Workshop; the professionals of the Riverina Theatre Company (originally the Riverina Trucking Company); the impressive musicals of the Bidgee Theatre Company and the Civic Theatre; a variety of styles from companies such as the St John's Players and Jibshot; the revues of the Brewer's Troupe, plus many more.

There are beautiful costumes on show, many programmes, props and photographs, and even some recordings from past productions demonstrating the wide pool of talent that Wagga has offered audiences over past years.

Stagelights is on exhibition at Museum of the Riverina's Historic Council Chambers site from November 19 to February 26, 2017.

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  • Blakemore Building, College Avenue, CSU South Campus in Turvey Park.
  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm; Saturday, December 3, 10am to 3pm.
  • Contact us: 6933 4590 or archive@csu.edu.au
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