Golden night of theatre

WONTHAGGI Theatrical Group launched the first show of its 50th anniversary concert in spectacular display last Friday evening at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, along with the launch of their book, We Can Do That! – An Anecdotal History of Wonthaggi Theatrical Group.

Cheers: from left, Britt Lewis, Rory Godbold, Sarah Kate Hanley, Will Hanley and Ashley Tynan celebrate in style at the 50th anniversary concert for the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group last Friday.
Book launch: from left, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group (WTG) president Peter Hanley, book author Gill Heal and WTG committee member Karen Milkins-Hendry officially launched their book, We Can Do That! – An Anecdotal History of Wonthaggi Theatrical Group last Friday evening.
Big supporters: far left, Emmi Latham and far right, Haroulla Bringes travelled a great distance from England to see the 50th anniversary show last Friday. They are with, middle, from left, Chloe Jones and Sharyn Latham.
Curtain call: from left, Pina Green, Alliza Miel and Darren Green take their seats right before the first show of the 50th anniversary concert for the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group on Friday.
Celebration time: from, back left, Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Brett Tessari, Bass MLA Jordan Crugnale, book author Gill Heal, Karen Milkins-Hendry and front, left, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group president Peter Hanley, Gwen Derrick and Elizabeth Honey participated in the festivities of the 50th anniversary celebrations at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on Friday.

Theatrical festivities: from left, Kim O’Connor, Mark Harrison, Sophie Adkins and Jo O’Connor enjoyed the buzzing atmosphere of the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s big event last Friday

The festivity marks the beginning of more events to come for the group as it celebrates 50 years since its first production of The Pirates of Penzance in the old union theatre.

Since then, the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group (WTG) has shown almost 100 productions.

“You can feel the atmosphere tonight,” WTF President Peter Hanley said.

“This concert will take you back to reminisce some of the marvellous moments of the past 50 years.”

Committee member Karen Milkins-Hendry delivered a heart warming speech and reflected on her time working with author Gill Heal on the 50 year commemorative book.

“I’ve had the privilege of the last three to four years of working alongside one of our community’s treasures and biggest talents, Gill Heal,” Mrs Milkins-Hendry said.

“There have been hundreds of interviews in these past years, and I’m so pleased and proud we were able to interview some people who are not with us tonight to celebrate this history, but who are such a big part of the history.”

Ms Heal said, “Today the WTG is all of its legacy and more; it understands that a theatrical company is more than its individual shows, that this non-professional group lives and dies by its volunteers.

“In a new century, their legacy continues to be a wonderful fruit. Fifty years after the state mine closed, the WTG shed stands on the state mine historical park. The shed is huge, the results of an insane number of volunteer hours over four years, the generosity of local tradesmen, schools, learning intuitions and government funding.

“It radiates confidence and self belief; a place to meet, to build, design, sews, rehearse, perform and create shows more brilliant, more amazing than ever.”

Mr Hanley said the next venture for the performing arts space is to offer a venue where touring companies can come in and produce, along with obtaining registered training organisation status to be able to provide an opportunity for students to continue post secondary education in the shed learning theatre craft.

Last Friday night also saw the opening of ticket sales for WTG’s production of Les Misérables, from May 25 to June 9, 2019. Tickets are available at www.wtg.org.au

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