Re­live the past with “A Night to Re­mem­ber”

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

War­ragul Theatre Com­pany will mark its 20th an­niver­sary with “A Night to Re­mem­ber” at the West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre this week­end.

The show, with four per­for­mances, will take a look back at past shows staged by the com­pany.

“The whole aim of this show is to rep­re­sent ev­ery show for the past 20 years in a con­cert style per­for­mance,” said Caro­line Allen. “Past cast mem­bers and new cast mem­bers are com­ing to­gether to rep­re­sent the last 20 years.”

From “The Pirates of Pen­zance” in 1998 to “Song Con­test: An Al­most Euro­vi­sion Ex­pe­ri­ence” in 2017, no show is missed.

Tick­ets are $38 for adults, $35 for con­ces­sion and $31 for youth un­der 18.

The gala night, op­tional on Satur­day night, is $53 for adults, $50 for con­ces­sion and $46 for youth un­der 18. Be­gin­ning at 6pm, the tick­ets in­cludes one house drink, fin­ger food and a talk from a life mem­ber.

For book­ings or fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre box-of­fice on 5624 2456 or visit

A sim­ple re­quest to act as a re­hearsal pi­anist has led Graeme Pat­ter­son to a 20year in­volve­ment with the War­ragul Theatre Com­pany.

Graeme, who has been in­volved in ev­ery com­pany pro­duc­tion, will sign off af­ter “A Night to Re­mem­ber” due to re­lo­cat­ing to In­ver­loch.

The past pres­i­dent, trea­surer and sec­re­tary ad­mits “I’ve done just about ev­ery­thing there is” … ex­cept watch­ing a show.

Hav­ing sat in the orches­tra pit over the past 20 years, Graeme said the clos­est he got to watch­ing was an open orches­tra pit in the 1998 “Pirates of Pen­zance”.

Al­though he ad­mits watch­ing pirates swing across the orches­tra pit on ropes prob­a­bly wouldn’t meet OH&S stan­dards to­day.

Pulling out his vast knowl­edge of the theatre com­pany, Graeme says 950 dif­fer­ent lo­cals have been in­volved in the cast, orches­tra or crew over the past 20 years.

“Some have done just one show and dis­ap­peared,” added Graeme. “Other idiots like me have done the lot.”

Graeme is joined by Michael Win­ter­ton and Michelle Car­rigy in hav­ing been part of an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of the com­pany’s 23 shows.

The “A Night to Re­mem­ber” cast in­cludes (back row, from left) Kir­rily How­den, Si­mon Fraser, Es­ther White, Hay­ley Abery, Sam Stephens, Tris­tan Cul­li­nan-Smayles, John Black, Toby Just, Graeme Mar­riott, Paul Beau­mont, (mid­dle row, from left) Joanne Wol­s­ley, Tammy Tily, Danielle Green, Caro­line Allen, Fiona Camp, Elyse Clyde, Natalie Heels, Michael Win­ter­ton, Kathy Ross, Dorothy McMa­hon, Daniel Burton, Ben Heels hold­ing Mitchell, (kneel­ing front row, from left) Elizabeth Wol­s­ley-Alomes, Libby Rogers, Do­minique Holmes, Adie Perry, Tra­cie McDon­ald, Janelle For­rest, Brenda Pat­ter­son, Sami Lee Coul­ter, (sit­ting front row, from left) Teagen Rogers, Ashlee Jen­nings, Maddi Brans­grove, Tara Matthews, Shari Ward and Rachel O’Dwyer. Ab­sent is Cory Bruer­ton.

Above: “Phan­tom of the Opera” in 2014 was re­called as War­ragul Theatre Com­pany’s biggest ever pro­duc­tions. It starred Terry Lay as Phan­tom and Tay­lah Trew as Chris­tine.

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