LAUGHTER IS THE TONIC
‘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.
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.