Theatre groups ready to take to the stage in 2018

STAGE TIME: Anna Swift, Zoe Haler and Antonella Salvestro from Wagga School of Arts prepare for their first production of Dinkum Assorted. Picture: Supplied
STAGE TIME: Anna Swift, Zoe Haler and Antonella Salvestro from Wagga School of Arts prepare for their first production of Dinkum Assorted. Picture: Supplied

Wagga was left buzzing as Wicked took to the stage in 2017, with almost 5000 people filling the theatre to immerse themselves in all things green. 

Now, Wagga’s theatre groups are looking forward to the year ahead, filled with something for everyone. 

Manager Carissa Campbell said the Civic Theatre has listened to the community and adapted its focus to youth for the new year. 

“It’s something we’ve been asked for time and time again,” she said. 

“There’s not a lot of opportunity outside of school for young ones and teenagers in performing arts.” 

With no Civic Theatre production in 2018, Ms Campbell said she was excited to watch the changes unfold. 

“We are looking at what we can do in the community that no one else can do,” she said. 

“Our focus in the past has been to provide opportunities for people to perform in musical theatre and with so many quality productions across the city we are now able to pass the baton to those local groups and watch them continue to flourish.” 

With workshops for all ages and a new youth work experience program set for June, Ms Campbell said the emphasis was on launching emerging musicians and getting them out into the professional community. 

Wagga’s School of Arts is busy preparing to kick off its season with Dinkum assorted, a unique production written for a cast of 15 women. 

Set in an Australian country town biscuit factory – the Wagga cast will step back in time and embrace the roles of women during World War Two. 

With tears, laughter, song and dance, there’s something for everyone as the women work together with determination to succeed. 

Fay Walters said the production would bring together a cast of well known and fresh actors to illustrate the colourful characters. 

“Audiences will fall in love with these wonderful, talented and determined women,” she said. 

Tickets are available for purchase on January 16. 

The season runs from February 4 until February 25 on Sunday afternoons and evenings. 

Bidgee Theatre Company is full steam ahead for its 2019 production of Strictly Ballroom after its announcement in October last year.