LAUGH­TER IS THE TONIC

Dubbo Photo News - - Front page - By NATALIE HOLMES

‘Gang­sters, gags, girls and glit­ter’ is promised by Welling­ton Am­a­teur The­atri­cal So­ci­ety (WATS) in their lat­est pro­duc­tion, “Ma Baker’s Tonic”, to be per­formed in Welling­ton this week­end. At a time when many around the west are do­ing it tough with the drought, the cast and crew are hop­ing their play will pro­vide their au­di­ences with some much-needed light relief. Pictured at dress re­hearsals are ‘Ma Baker’ played by Robyn An­der­son, ‘Pe­tal’ played by Char­lotte Jones, and ‘Blos­som’ played by Ab­bie Ein­haus.

‘GANG­STERS, gags, girls and glit­ter’ is promised by Welling­ton Am­a­teur The­atri­cal So­ci­ety (WATS) in their lat­est pro­duc­tion, to be per­formed in town this week­end.

Mu­si­cal Direc­tor Noel Grimes said “Ma Baker’s Tonic” will give the au­di­ence a good time.

“We de­cided to do it be­cause it is just a good fun story,” he told Dubbo Photo News.

“It’s set in the roar­ing ‘20s, it’s a mu­si­cal melo­drama and it’s just a funny, light-hearted story full of gang­sters, gags, girls and glit­ter.”

Set in Ritzy’s Night­club, the show cap­tures a time when il­le­gal gin joints sprang up across Amer­ica to cater for the sly grog de­mand. Of course, Ma Baker is cen­tral to the sto­ry­line, along with the mafia, tem­per­ance ladies and an Ir­ish cop on the take.

“It was a boom time in the USA. World War I had ended, peo­ple were work­ing and had money to spend,” Mr Grimes ex­plained.

“It’s a fun show and the au­di­ence should have a good time. If you are look­ing for a good time, come along!”

Mr Grimes said there are some fa­mil­iar faces in the show, along with some new­com­ers to WATS.

“They are all lo­cal, there is some new tal­ent and some ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tors.

“We have been pre­par­ing for three months.” z Ma Baker’s Tonic will be presented at Welling­ton Sol­diers’ Me­mo­rial Club for a din­ner show at 6pm on Satur­day, June 1, and a mati­nee at 2pm on Sun­day, June 2. Tick­ets are avail­able from WATS Place. En­quiries to 6845 2416 or 6845 7100.

Photo: Dubbo Photo News/colin Rouse

PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS/ COLIN ROUSE

The WATS cast will stage “a funny, light-hearted story full of gang­sters, gags, girls and glit­ter” when they present Ma Baker’s Tonic at Welling­ton Sol­diers’ Me­mo­rial this week­end.

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