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Bell Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors Photo: Pierre Toussaint


WE LCOM E 2020 Civic Theatre Subscription Season!

The Civic Theatre has once again delivered an annual program of entertainment to suit all ages and interests with the 2020 subscription season.

2020 marks the beginning of an interesting era in the performing arts. All over the world audiences are looking for unique experiences, performances in unusual places and food & beverage while seeing a show. So this year we are presenting two season shows this way including ARIA award winning Monsieur Camembert at Food I Am and the Edinburgh Fringe smash hit Jekyll & Hyde at Thirsty Crow Brewery. Your ticket will include the show, food and a drink.

I am proud to offer our local community a program of entertainment that rivals our capital city counterparts. In 2020 Wagga Wagga will play host to an extraordinary calibre of artists, both local and international. On display will be performance arts from cabaret and gypsy music to opera and symphony orchestra through to circus acrobatics and children’s theatre.

Back at the theatre we have some brilliant performances from Australia’s leading companies including new productions from Circus Oz performing Aurora, Sydney Dance Company with Impermanence and WOOF, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra presenting Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and the new production of Carmen from Opera Australia. The season includes some thought provoking plays including Animal Farm from Shake and Stir, Lamb from Red Stitch Theatre featuring the music of Mark Seymour and Comedy of Errors from Bell Shakespeare.

This season takes a new look at theatre; with a selection of shows taking place outside the traditional tiered seating, while still offering the traditional theatre goer a plentiful offering of quality performances. With such an engaging and innovative season in 2020, it would be a lost opportunity to miss out on getting tickets. I encourage you to take a fresh look at the Theatre and see what is new. Life is better when it’s live.

2020 also includes a world premiere cabaret, Voyagers, commissioned by the Civic Theatre from Wagga writer and performer Andrew Strano who is currently studying musical theatre writing at New York University. Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM

We finish the year with the end of an era. The final year of The Wharf Revue – Goodnight and Goodluck. We have booked two nights, so you don’t miss out. See you at the theatre.

We would like to acknowledge the Wiradjuri people who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which the theatre stands. We pay respect to the Elders both past and present of the Wiradjuri Nation and extend that respect to other Community members present.

Carissa Campbell Manager, Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

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By choosing to defer your payments, you can take your tickets with you when we process your subscription. Two days before each performance we will debit your credit card for the amount applicable for that performance, plus a small processing fee of $2 per ticket.

Exch ange 5 0 /5 0 S plit Another payment option in 2020 is to pay half the total cost of your tickets at the time of booking and the remaining half in the first week of May. This only incurs a $5 processing fee added to the May transaction.

Pos t S h ow S uppe r Catch up with friends with a drink before the show and enjoy post-show supper on opening nights. Share the experience of the theatre with family and friends over delicious antipasto, meet and greet the cast and crew, ignite conversation and debate.

Fill your diary at the start of the year with theatre dates, knowing that if something comes up, you can exchange your tickets for a different night, or completely different subscription show, up to two business days before the performance, pending availability.

Le t u s tell you more We love speaking about our season, our theatre and the benefits of subscribing. If you have any questions, or just like to talk through your options, please contact our box office staff. Civic Theatre Box Office Burns Way Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650 T: 02 6926 9688 www.civictheatre.com.au


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Photo: Clare Hawley

“Simply the best Gypsy band in the land! They pick you up & carry you on a wave of energ y, excitement & poignancy that never relents" J O H N S H A N D, S M H

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER WI T H MO N S I E U R CA M E M B E RT SAT U R DAY 29 F E B R UARY, 6 . 3 0 PM FOOD I AM

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For one night only, the Civic Theatre is excited to present A Night to Remember with stunning views, extraordinary food and the intoxicating sounds of Monsieur Camembert. With sensitivity, virtuosity & astonishing energy, triple ARIA Award-winning Monsieur Camembert brilliantly weaves gypsy music with other world music styles, to create a truly original, irresistibly potent blend. Food I Am provides the sophisticated, contemporary, rural backdrop for your evening with magnificent views across the region. Your event ticket will include five delicious small plates from international food stations. A street food journey around the world! Tasty morsels from the Middle East, Italiano specialties and to finish something from Espana. Monsieur Camembert has received standing ovations around the globe, with acclaimed performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival & the International Leonard Cohen Festival to name just a couple of highlights. The Age described them as “a brazen, intoxicating blend of jazz, gypsy swing and Latin & East European influences!"

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All tickets $160 Includes bus transfer, five international food stations and welcome drink 16yrs+ 2hrs 30mins There is no parking available at Food I Am. Drop offs are permitted for guests with limited mobility. Coaches Coaches have been arranged to transfer guests to the following car park locations. Civic Theatre Car park cnr Tarcutta & Cross St, Wagga Jubilee Park Bourke St, Bourkelands


“High-energ y, non-stop entertainment” L I M E L I G H T M AGA Z I N E

CIRCUS OZ: AURORA SAT U R DAY 2 8 M AR CH , 1. 3 0 PM & 7. 3 0 PM

The ice caps are melting and all Polar Bear wants to do is get home and have fresh penguin for lunch! Will she make it in time? Fun for the whole family, Aurora is the latest creation by Circus Oz, featuring a host of silly and loveable arctic characters all performing spectacular acrobatic feats and hilarious physical comedy that will leave you gasping and laughing with delight. Aurora is your gateway to a wintry wonderland of stunning visual artistry, jaw-dropping acrobatics and a story of hope for humanity … and polar bears and penguins!

Director Kate Fryer Costume Designer Harriet Oxley Lighting Designer Jennifer Hector Set Designer Mark Cuthbertson Musical Director Jeremy Hopkins

Adult $55 Concession $50 Group 4+ $50 Youth U25 $40 Child U15 $20 Adult Subscriber $50 Concession Subscriber $45 Youth U25 Subscriber $35 Family (2A + 2C) $130 Suitable for all ages 70mins

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"a style of theatre not ordinarily seen: playf ul, energetic, silly and spirited where having f un...is the main aim." NZ HERALD

JEKYLL & HYDE A SL I G H T LY I SO L AT E D D OG PRO D U CT I O N SAT U R DAY 3 0 M AY, 6 . 3 0 PM T H I R S T Y CROW Comedy. Thrills. Chaos. Delight. Five hilarious performers tell the terrifying (yet still exceptionally sexy) tale of Jekyll & Hyde. Thrilling, charming, shockingly good comedy, we make you laugh until it hurts.

Directed by Leo Gene Peters Produced by Angela Green

A guaranteed feel-good night at the Thirsty Crow Brewery including pizza and a drink. Expect plenty of laughs in the company of your mates, and some of the sassiest performers in town. While the story of Jekyll & Hyde is well known, we tell it in a completely absurd, joyous and irreverent way.

Arrival & pizza at 6.30pm Show starts at 7.30pm All tickets $50 Includes a selection of pizza and one drink voucher 15yrs+ 80mins (no interval)

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“A thrilling dance work f lush with wit and invention” DA I LY R E V I E W ( WO O F)

SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY BONACHELA / LANE W E D N E S DAY 17 J U N E , 7. 3 0 PM

In 2020, Sydney Dance Company will explode the everyday and take you into the sublime with an electrifying double bill featuring Rafael Bonachela’s newest creation Impermanence and Melanie Lane’s critically acclaimed WOOF. Impermanence sees Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela join forces with Bryce Dessner of iconic American rock band The National who will compose a world premiere score that explores the ephemeral nature of all things. Completing the double bill is Melanie Lane’s smash-hit WOOF. Set to a bold electronic score by UK musician Clark, WOOF imagines a futuristic, apocalyptic fantasy with choreography that is “witty and fresh” ( - The Sydney Morning Herald). 2020 is the year to experience dance that will make your heart beat fast and your blood run hot. Don’t miss Sydney Dance Company in all their quicksilver brilliance.

Impermanence Choreographer Rafael Bonachela Composer Bryce Dessner WOOF Choreographer Melanie Lane

Adult Concession Group 4+ Youth U25 Child U15 Adult Subscriber Concession Subscriber Youth U25 Subscriber

$60 $55 $55 $40 $15 $55 $50 $35

Recommended 8yrs+ 90mins (inc. interval)

Bryce Dessner’s music composition Impermanence is commissioned by the Australian String Quartet and Sydney Dance Company. This commission has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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“Haveron brought a blistering intensity to the per formance.” L I M E L I G H T, 2 019

SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA G RE AT CL A S S I C S: MOZ ART AN D B RU CH W E D N E S DAY 1 J U LY, 8 PM

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conductor Umberto Clerici make a welcome return to Wagga Wagga with two of the greatest works in the classical repertoire: Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 and Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony. Bruch’s gorgeous Violin Concerto is an audience favourite, full of fire, passion, and some of the most beautiful melodies ever written. Sydney Symphony Concertmaster Andrew Haveron brings a radiant tone and blistering intensity to the virtuosic solo part to create a truly special performance.

Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor Mozart Symphony No.41 Jupiter Conductor Umberto Clerici Violin Andrew Haveron

Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony was his final symphony, and he saved the best for last! From the jubilant opening notes to the exhilarating finale, it’s Mozart at his finest and one of the greatest symphonies ever written. Directing the orchestra is conductor Umberto Clerici, the Orchestra’s Principal cellist. With his innate musicianship and “irresistible charm” he leads the orchestra to new heights in a concert you don’t want to miss.

Adult $80 Child U15 $40 Adult Subscriber $70 Suitable for ages 12+ 1hr 50mins (inc. interval)

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"Bell Shakespeare – arguably the best Shakespearean theatre company" HERALD SUN

BELL SHAKESPEARE’S THE COMEDY OF ERRORS BY WI LL I A M SH AK E SPE ARE SAT U R DAY 11 J U LY, 7. 3 0 PM

Shipwrecked and separated 25 years earlier, two sets of long-lost twins miraculously find themselves in the same city on the same day. What could possibly go wrong?

Written by William Shakespeare Director Janine Watson

The Comedy of Errors is a hilarious romp of swapped identities, misguided love, mistaken imprisonment and chaotic mishaps, leading to an unbelievably crazy day for bumbling twins. At the heart of this tale of comedic misfortune is an old man searching for his lost children who has found himself in the fight of his life…to save his life. As far-fetched coincidences unfold, chaotic hilarity ensues and a man’s life could be saved — if only everything would go to plan. Directed by Janine Watson (Romeo and Juliet, Ensemble Theatre’s Unqualified) this is a beautiful story about reunion, wrapped up in an evening of entertainment and laughter. After a day of mistaken identity leading to unfair thrashings, wrongful arrests and false charges of infidelity, robbery, madness and even demonic possession, can the twins possibly reunite and live happily ever after?

Adult Concession Group 4+ Youth U25 Child U15 Adult Subscriber Concession Subscriber Youth U25 Subscriber School group

$60 $55 $55 $40 $15 $55 $50 $35 $20

Recommended age 12 yrs+ 2hrs 40mins

This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Photo: Pierre Toussaint

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“Carmen is a tale of sex and violence, love and war, passion that sets you f ree and binds you completely” AU S T R A L I A N S TAG E

CARMEN O PE R A AU S T R A L I A NAT I O NAL TO U R SAT U R DAY 1 AU G U S T, 7. 3 0 PM

Caught between her desire for love and a longing for freedom, Carmen faces an impossible choice. Carmen is enigmatic and elusive: a femme fatale you can’t forget. She captivates Don José with her sensual Habanera and he abandons everything to possess her. But Carmen won’t be owned and finds herself a new lover: the dashing bullfighter Escamillo. Don José’s jealousy is untameable, Escamillo’s appeal is strong, and in a gripping finale, Carmen is destined to fight for her life.

Conductor Luke Spicer

Director Matthew Barclay

Set & Costume Designer Anna Cordingley

Lighting Designer Paul Jackson

Orchestration Robert Andrew Greene

This new production highlights the colour and vibrancy of postcard Spain, with vintage-inspired costumes it evokes an era of bikers and shady police in a post-war setting of teen angst and rebellion. A cast of some of Australia’s finest opera singers assemble with a chamber orchestra and a local children’s chorus to perform one of the world’s most popular operas. Hear some of opera’s most famous tunes such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song when you join us for Opera Australia’s 25th Anniversary tour of Bizet’s Carmen.

Adult $80 Child U15 $40 Adult Subscriber $70 Sung in French with English surtitles Performed with a live chamber orchestra 2hrs 35mins (inc. interval)

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" Their songs are wildly witty and darkly cynical, gently wist f ul and super sophisticated – with melodies that stay with you long af ter” S TAG E W H I S P E R S

VOYAGERS A N E W SO N G CYCLE BY LO CL AN M ACK E NZI E - SPE N CE R & AN D RE W S T R AN O 12-15 AU G U S T, 7. 3 0 PM E ACH N I G H T C I V I C T H E AT R E O N S TAG E C A BAR E T From the Mars rover to giant butterflies, dead owls to the tooth fairy... Filled to the brim with the brilliance of Australia’s most awarded young musical theatre writing duo, Voyagers is a cabaret evening of exquisitely crafted songs. Sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious, these stories are gently woven together into a heartfelt exploration of the struggles of family, isolation, and the space left by the sudden loss of a loved one. Commissioned by the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, this is the debut of Loclan and Andrew’s first new work after their return from New York City, the follow up to 5-star Edinburgh Fringe sensation, Nailed It.

Music Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer Book & Lyrics Andrew Strano Director Casey Gould

Premium Package $130 (inc. 2 tickets at VIP table, bottle of sparkling wine and antipasto patter) Single tickets: Adult $40.00 Youth U25 $30.00 Adult Subscriber $35.00 12 yrs+ 1hr 35mins (inc. interval) Show will be followed by a Q&A with Andrew Strano (one of the show’s creators)

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“From the opening scene, shake & stir’s version of this infamous story snatches your attention and keeps a f irm grasp until the horrif ying conclusion.” T H E B A R E F O OT R E V I E W - C A N B E R R A

ANIMAL FARM BY G E O RG E O RWE LL CRE AT E D BY SHA K E & S T I R T H E AT RE CO T U E S DAY 2 5 AU G U S T, 11A M & 7. 3 0 PM

Animal Farm, one of the most enduring political commentaries returns in a multi-award winning, critically-acclaimed theatre production. George Orwell’s intensely powerful fairy tale allegorises and satirises communist governments while illustrating with stunning simplicity how greed and power corrupts with devastating consequences to all who yield. Revolution has taken place at Manor Farm. The pigs have assumed control and all the animals, fuelled by enthusiastic camaraderie and guided by a set of self-imposed rules, are promised a better life free from the self-serving greed of humans. However, it is not long until the rules that promised equality and freedom become the shackles that bind the animals once again. Created by shake & stir and directed by Michael Futcher, Animal Farm promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of 2020.

Adaptor Nick Skubij Director Michael Futcher Designer Josh McIntosh Sound Designer Guy Webster Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright Adult Concession Group 4+ Youth U25 Child U15 Adult Subscriber Concession Subscriber Youth U25 Subscriber Daytime/Matinee Show School group

$50 $45 $45 $35 $15 $45 $40 $30 $40 $20

12 yrs+ school years 8-12 Teacher discretion needed for early high school years due to simulated violence 90mins (no interval)

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Tour supported by arTour an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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"Its best material is so hysterical that twice I was brought to tears – an activity usually reserved for f unerals, Puccini and hitting my thumb with a hammer.” SY D N E Y M O R N I N G H E R A L D

A SYD N E Y T H E AT RE COM PANY PRO D U CT I O N

THE WHARF REVUE 2020 GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK T U E S DAY 29 & W E D N E S DAY 3 0 S E P T E M B E R , 7. 3 0 PM After 20 years the comedy institution bids farewell. Don’t miss out on this one last hurrah as the indefatigable trio of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott reunite with dazzling accomplice Mandy Bishop for one final victory lap of The Wharf Revue. It’s good night and good luck to the comedy juggernaut that’s been keeping the bastards honest since 2000. The bad news is that the planet is on fire and our world leaders are barely qualified to run a chook raffle. And the good? The Wharf Revue has fake news, fake hair and real laughs in abundance. No one is safe and no topic too taboo in this night of sketches, songs and side-splitting satire. You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll want to move to New Zealand!

By Jonathan Biggins Drew Forsythe Phillip Scott Co-Directed by Jonathan Biggins Drew Forsythe Musical Director Phillip Scott Lighting Designer Matt Cox Cast Jonathan Biggins Mandy Bishop Drew Forsythe Phillip Scott Adult Concession Group 4+ Youth U25 Child U15 Adult Subscriber Concession Subscriber Youth U25 Subscriber

$60 $55 $55 $40 $15 $55 $50 $35

1hr 30mins (no interval)

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“Bodie’s writing is both f unny and stunningly lyrical… honest human and true.” IRISH TIMES

LAMB BY JAN E BO D I E MU S I C AN D LYR I C S BY M ARK SE YMO U R RE D S T I TCH & CR I T I CA L S TAG E S TO U R I N G W E D N E S DAY 14 O C TO B E R , 7. 3 0 PM

A play about family, the land and being the one who stays, with original music by Mark Seymour. “Sometimes people leave, they go away and you don’t see them anymore. And then sometimes they come back.” From multi-award-winning playwright Jane Bodie, and featuring original songs by Mark Seymour (Mark Seymour and the Undertow, Hunters and Collectors), Lamb is the story of one family on an Australian sheep farm, over generations – the guilt of those who left; the lost desires of those who stayed behind. “You left a trail of broken bread Across the old battle ground Behind the veil of the living and the dead You wrote your secrets down.” Developed through Red Stitch’s INK program, Lamb is a new Australian play full of lyrical longing and humour. It is a story of the land, and of lies told and secrets kept to protect those we love – and to stop them from leaving us.

Director Julian Meyrick Written by Jane Bodie Music & Lyrics Mark Seymour

Adult Concession Group 4+ Youth U25 Adult Subscriber Concession Subscriber Youth U25 Subscriber

$50 $45 $45 $35 $45 $40 $30

15 yrs+ 2hrs 10mins (inc. interval) Moderate language, adult content

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PACK AGE S T h e p e r fe c t p a ck a ge

Ju s t fo r t h e f u n o f i t

A Night to Remember with Monsieur Camembert

Circus Oz: Aurora

Circus Oz: Aurora

Jekyll & Hyde

Jekyll & Hyde

Bell Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors

Sydney Dance Company

Animal Farm

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

The Wharf Revue

Bell Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors Opera Australia’s Carmen Voyagers Cabaret

An e cl e c t i c m i x

Animal Farm

A Night to Remember with Monsieur Camembert

The Wharf Review

Circus Oz: Aurora

Lamb

Opera Australia's Carmen

Cl a s s i cs w i t h cl a s s Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Voyagers Cabaret Lamb

Fe a s t i n g o n t h e a t re

Opera Australia’s Carmen Bell Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors

A Night to Remember with Monsieur Camembert

Sydney Dance Company

Jekyll & Hyde Voyagers Cabaret Opera Australia's Carmen


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"Dazzles and delights" CANBERRA CRITIC S CIRCLE

A PL AY BY R I CH ARD T U LLOCH

THE 91-STOREY TREEHOUSE A DA P T E D FROM T H E BOO K BY AN DY G R I FF I T H S AN D T E RRY D E N TO N T U E S DAY 2 6 M AY 1PM & 6 . 3 0 PM W E D N E S DAY 27 M AY 10A M , 1PM & 4 PM Andy and Terry's Treehouse has reached an amazing 91 Storeys! It's now more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool, and a giant spider! But Andy, Terry and Jill have no idea they're about to face their biggest challenge ever! Mr Big Nose has sent his grandchildren to the Treehouse, and they don't want to just sit quietly. Can Andy, Terry & Jill master this extreme babysitting challenge? What does mysterious fortune teller Madam Know-It-All really want? And will the Big Red Button really destroy the world? The team behind the 13-, 26-, 52- and 78-Storey Treehouses Live on Stage return with a fantastical trip through this wild, weird and wonderful world for children 6-12 and their adults. Just beware of the fortune teller‌

Director Liesel Badorrek Artistic Director Julian Louis Set and Costume Designer Mark Thompson Sound Designer Ross Johnston Lighting Designer Nicholas Higgins Costume Realisation & Inflatables Matthew Aberline

One Price Group 4+ Subscriber School group

$20 $17 $17 $15

Age recommendation 6-12 years (NSW Stages 2 & 3) Approx 60 mins (no interval)

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" W hile the robotics and special ef fects in this play are extraordinary, what lies at its heart is a beautif ul, poetic tale about acceptance." S U B I ACO P O S T

BARK I N G G E CKO T H E AT RE’S

MY ROBOT BY F I N E GAN KRU CK E M E YE R F R I DAY 2 6 J U N E 10A M & 1PM A show about making new friends – literally! When Ophelia moves with her family to the seaside, she’s not impressed. She doesn’t like the beach, misses her old home and thinks the people in this town are pretty strange. While unpacking her room she discovers a mysterious box full of gadgets, parts and pieces, and a strange note that reads ‘You. Make. Me.’ Her curiosity gets the better of her and she spends all night assembling the objects into Olivetti, a robot with a typewriter chest and an alarm clock heart. Made up of pieces, but more than the sum of her parts. My Robot takes audiences of all ages on a rambunctious adventure filled with robot antics, laughter, daring rescues and bewildered parents, all told with the care and artistry synonymous with Barking Gecko’s award-winning shows.

Playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer Director Matt Edgerton Designer Isla Shaw Lighting Designer Chris Donnelly Composer & Sound Designer James Luscombe Robot Designer Steve Berrick

One Price Group 4+ Subscriber School group

$20 $17 $17 $15

Recommended for 4+ years and their adults School years K-6 Approx 60 mins (no interval)

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"Monkey Baa has a dedicated commitment to introducing kids to good theatre by bring ing the Australian books they love authentically to stage’’ S TAG E W H I S P E R S

A MO N K E Y BA A T H E AT RE COM PANY PRO D U CT I O N

EDWARD THE EMU BA SE D O N T H E PI CT U RE BOO KS BY SH E E NA K N OWLE S AN D RO D CLE M E N T T H U R S DAY 2 2 O C TO B E R , 6 . 3 0 PM F R I DAY 2 3 O C TO B E R , 10A M & 1PM Edward is bored with his lot. Being the only emu at the zoo has left him feeling glum and under the impression that the grass is greener in everyone else’s enclosure. Maybe being a seal, or a lion, or a snake might be a better option in life for a lonely bird? Convinced that the other creatures are more popular, Edward breaks ranks and goes to find the fun.

Based on the book by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement Written for the stage by Eva Di Cesare Directed by Eva Di Cesare

The award-winning Monkey Baa team brings to the stage the classic Australian tale of two emus searching for their identity. The emus’ journey of hilarity and tenderness leads them to discover that the best thing you can be is …. you! Monkey Baa Theatre Company has been creating classic, much-loved productions for young people for over 20 years. Edward the Emu carries on the vision to make theatre an intrinsic part of young people’s lives with the quality, humour and heart that has made Monkey Baa a favourite of families across Australia.

One Price Group 4+ Subscriber School group

$20 $17 $17 $15

Recommended for 4-9 yrs and their adults School years K-4 Approx 50 mins (no interval)

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Illustrations by Rod Clement

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“A reliable and prolif ic source of high-quality children’s theatre.” T H E AG E , O N C D P T H E AT R E P R O D U C E R S

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MAGIC BEACH BA SE D O N T H E BOO K BY AL I SO N LE S T E R W E D N E S DAY 2 D E C E M B E R 11A M , 1PM & 4 PM At our beach, at our magic beach… Every year, an everyday family go on a beach holiday. This isn’t just any beach - it’s Magic Beach, where everything you can imagine becomes real. But this year is different. As the eldest child begins to grow up, does she have to leave the magic behind? Alison Lester AM’s classic book comes to life on stage in a wonderful world of text, song, light, shadow and movement for children aged 3-8 and their adults. From the team behind The Gruffalo and the 13-, 26-, 52-, 78- and 91-Storey Treehouses, this new Australian adaptation from multi-award winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer is a celebration of the power of the imagination and the differences that make every child special.

Book Author/Adaptation Consultant Alison Lester Playwright/Adaptor Finegan Kruckemeyer Director Liesel Badorrek Set/Costume/Puppet Designer Isla Shaw Composer/Sound Designer Gail Priest Lighting Designer Nicholas Higgins

One Price Group 4+ Subscriber School group

$20 $17 $17 $15

Age recommendation 3-8yrs and their adults Approx 55 mins (no interval)

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11- 13 JUNE 2020

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A COUNTRY GIRL AT HEART W E D N E S DAY 4 M AR CH , 11A M F R E E M O R N I N G T E A F RO M 10A M

A singer, dancer, actress, and musician, Gina Hogan is more than excited to return to her roots with her latest show, A Country Girl at Heart. Gina will be performing the much loved hits of the country greats: Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John, Tammy Wynette and many more. Her vocal versatility, endearing personality, and infectious sense of humour, make it a certainty that A Country Girl at Heart will be a nostalgic, fun filled trip down memory lane, offering something for everyone.

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Starring Gina Hogan

Single Show $25 per ticket Package Three Silver Circle shows $20 per ticket 70 mins (no interval)


70’S UNPLUGGED W E D N E S DAY 2 0 M AY, 11A M F R E E M O R N I N G T E A F RO M 10A M

70s Unplugged is a collection of the greatest hits from the coolest decade of our lives, taking you back to the days of flower power and stairways to heaven – when people built bridges over troubled waters. Multi-award winner Stephen Fisher-King revisits his guitar-playing roots alongside fellow awardwinning entertainers Jo Elms and guitar-god Bob Howe, as they re-create the time when here in Australia, nothing could save the Governor General.

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Single Show $25 per ticket Package Three Silver Circle shows $20 per ticket 75 mins (no interval)


Photo: Margaret Fisk

GENE & JUDY W E D N E S DAY 2 S E P T E M B E R , 11A M F R E E M O R N I N G T E A F RO M 10A M

Step back in time as we take you on a musical journey through the life, music and dance of Gene Kelly and Judy Garland with songs like Me and My Gal, Be a Clown, Get Happy, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Singin in the Rain, You Made Me Love You, Ol Man River, I’ve Got Rhythm, The Trolley Song including a very special arrangement of Quiet Please.

Written and produced by Margaret Fisk JTM Productions

With powerhouse vocals, stunning tap dancing and fabulous costumes, and featuring some of the most beloved songs from their three movies together as well as songs from their own films and TV Shows, Gene & Judy is pure entertainment bliss.

Package Three Silver Circle shows $20 per ticket

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Single Show $25 per ticket

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MUSIC AT MIDDAY & MUSIC IN THE EVENING W E D N E S DAY 11 M AR CH 12 N O O N + 6PM – CE L E B R AT I N G WAG GA’ S 15 0 T H A N N I VE R SARY W E D N E S DAY 8 J U LY 12 N O O N + 6PM W E D N E S DAY 2 8 O C TO B E R 12 N O O N + 6PM W E D N E S DAY 9 D E CE M B E R 12 N O O N + 6PM The Australian Army Band Kapooka provides musical support to the Army Recruit Training Centre and to the Riverina community. Part of their community contribution is presenting a daytime and early evening series of concerts proudly hosted by the Civic Theatre. The 2020 Season of Music at Midday and Music in the Evening will be conducted by Major Michael de Jonge.

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FREE COMMUNITY EVENT Tickets are available three weeks before each concert both online or by contacting the Civic Theatre. Prior notification of group booking will be accepted. All unoccupied seats will be reallocated 10 minutes prior to the concert start time. For group bookings: Civic Theatre Booking Office 6926 9688 or boxoffice@civictheatre.com.au


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Animal Farm, one of the most enduring political commentaries returns in a multi-award winning, critically-acclaimed theatre production. George Orwell’s intensely powerful fairy tale allegorizes and satirizes communist governments while illustrating with stunning simplicity how greed and power corrupts with devastating consequences to all who yield.

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Revolution has taken place at Manor Farm. The pigs have assumed control and all the animals, fuelled by enthusiastic camaraderie and guided by a set of self-imposed rules, are promised a better life free from the self-serving greed of humans. However, it is not long until the rules that promised equality and freedom become the shackles that bind the animals once again. Created by shake & stir and directed by Michael Futcher, Animal Farm promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of 2020.

Adaptor: Nick Skubij Director: Michael Futcher Designer: Josh McIntosh Sound Designer: Guy Webster Lighting Designer: Jason Glenwright

Adult $50.00 Concession $45.00 Group 4+ $45.00 Youth U25 $35.00 Child U15 $15.00 Adult Subscriber $45.00 Concession Subscriber $40.00 Youth U25 Subscriber $30.00 Daytime/Matinee Show $40 School group $20 70 minutes (no interval) Suitable for all ages Haze, strobe lighting

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SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY A Night to Remember – Monsieur Camembert

THURSDAY 11 – SATURDAY 13 JUNE Wagga Comedy Fest

WEDNESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER Gene & Judy

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WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE Sydney Dance Company

TUESDAY 29 + WEDNESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER The Wharf Revue

WEDNESDAY 4 MARCH A Country Girl at Heart

FRIDAY 26 JUNE My Robot

October

WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH Music at Midday + Music in the Evening

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WEDNESDAY 14 OCTOBER Lamb

WEDNESDAY 1 Sydney Symphony Orchestra

THURSDAY 22 + FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER Edward the Emu

SATURDAY 28 MARCH Circus Oz: Aurora

Ma y WEDNESDAY 20 MAY 70's Unplugged TUESDAY 26 + WEDNESDAY 27 MAY 91 Storey Treehouse SATURDAY 30 MAY Jekyll & Hyde

WEDNESDAY 8 JULY Music at Midday + Music in the Evening SATURDAY 11 JULY Bell Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors

WEDNESDAY 28 OCTOBER Music at Midday + Music in the Evening

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MONDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2021 Season Launch

SATURDAY 1 AUGUST Opera Australia's Carmen

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WEDNESDAY 12 SATURDAY 15 AUGUST Voyagers Cabaret

WEDNESDAY 2 DECEMBER Magic Beach

TUESDAY 25 AUGUST Animal Farm

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Wheelchair spaces are available and we can assist with other mobility issues. If you require wheelchair access or other assistance at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre please indicate on the booking form or inform the box office team at the time of your booking. The Civic Theatre is fitted with a hearing loop. The system is accessible via hearing aids with a telephone setting. Please note, reception quality and levels may vary according to the age and type of hearing aid.

A carer is entitled to a free ticket when accompanying a paid Companion Card holder to the theatre. Parking is available in close proximity to the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre. Car parks are located in Cross Street, entry via Cross Street and at the corner of Morrow and O’Reilly Streets, entry via O’Reilly Street. The Civic Theatre foyer is a designated area for people to safely recharge their electric mobility scooter or wheelchair battery free of charge.


“A L L A N I M A L S A R E E Q U A L . BUT SOME ANIMAL S ARE MORE E Q U A L T H A N O T H E R S .” G E O RG E O RWE L L , A N I M A L FA R M


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