8 November 2023

All aboard for a bus ride like no other as Bidgee theatre group returns with 'drag-tastic' Aussie classic

| Jarryd Rowley
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Bidgee Theatre Productions will return to the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre in February 2024 with Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. Photo: Jarryd Rowley.

Bidgee Theatre Productions is set to return to the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, this time to present the beloved Aussie classic Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.

Fresh from its ultra-successful adaptation of Mamma Mia earlier this year, the Bidgee Theatre Productions crew has been working for almost two years to get Priscilla ready for the stage.

With the first performance scheduled for 9 February, local actor and one of the stars of the show, Bill Robertson (playing Bernadette), said he could not wait to see a packed theatre enjoying the show.

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“It is such an iconic story,” Bill said.

“It is so beloved across the world and the film is adored by so many people, it feels quite special to be a part of a big production telling this story.

“This production is definitely going to be a challenge for all involved. I really do think the scale of it is bigger than anything else we have done.

“There is so much dancing, so much singing and so much dialogue, I think that’s why so many people connect with this story and I know I and a lot of the other cast can’t wait to be able to present it to everyone.”

Bill has worked with Bidgee Theatre Productions in the past, including on its version of Mamma Mia as Harry, but admits dressing up in drag is a step he’s never made before but a challenge he looks forward to.

“It is a step out of my comfort zone, but one I am looking forward to taking,” he said.

“Bernadette is such an interesting character that has such growth and discovery throughout the story and I’m honoured to be able to put my spin on such a beloved character.”

One of Bill’s fellow cast members and choreographer of the musical, Melissa Brown, said the cast and crew had already taken a liking to the script and were well on their way in terms of preparation for the February curtain-raiser.

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“We’ve got people of all kinds of abilities giving it their all,” she said.

“We’ve got boys in heels, dancing in heels for the first time, we have strong primary dancers, people who have been in productions countless times and those who are new to the stage.

”There is definitely a diverse range of talents and everyone is looking to put on the best show possible.

“The show is something we want everyone to be proud of. Every member of the crew is counting down the days and we can’t wait to show everyone.”

There will be 10 showings of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, running from 9-21 February. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased here.

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