The Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre officially launched its 2024 season on Tuesday night (5 December), with a community-wide celebration showcasing some of the region’s best theatre talents.
Audiences at the event were enthralled by performances from Wodonga’s Flying Fruit Fly Circus and local music group The Groove Factory before getting a snapshot of what theatergoers could expect in 2024.
Civic Theatre Manager Claire Harris is incredibly proud of the theatre’s 2024 calendar, believing it showcases the joy that live entertainment brings.
“Our team here at the theatre understands the importance of social and cultural connection for our community, of breaking down the barriers and encouraging new people to feel welcomed to our space,” Ms Harris said.
The 2024 season will include contemporary music from Deborah Conway and Will Zygier, as well as Indigenous singer-songwriter Emma Donovan, who will perform as part of Sundown Sessions – a new live music festival in April.
Families can look forward to being blown away by two circus performances – Tempo by the Flying Fruit Fly Circus featuring young performers aged 12 to 18 years, and a contemporary circus featuring an all-female and gender non-conforming cast in The Defiant.
Audiences will get their fill of quality major arts organisations’ offerings with Bell Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sydney Dance Company’s Momenta, Opera Australia’s La Boheme, the Australian Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty Act III and other works, and Melbourne Theatre Company will stage their award-winning play SLAP. BANG. KISS.
Family and child-friendly shows will be brought to life on stage with Julia Donaldson’s much-loved story The Smeds and The Smoos, Ted Prior’s Grug and the stage adaptation of Mao’s Last Dancer, The Peasant Prince.
The biological musical comedy adventure You Are A Doughnut, explores the ins and outs of the human digestive system in a fun way that only the team from That Science Gangcan do.
World-renowned puppeteers, Erth Visual & Physical Inc. are bringing their interactive theatre experience Shark Dive to Wagga in the July school holidays in 2024, which will be the first showing of this production outside Sydney and Brisbane.
First Nations work will also be featured throughout 2024: The Sunshine Club and Sydney Theatre Company’s The Visitors, both to be directed by Wesley Enoch, and Bangarra Dance Theatre will make a return to Wagga with Yuldea.
Staff at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre said the best way to take part in all the action was to join the new membership/subscription packages which gave regular members the first opportunity to purchase tickets to their favourite shows.
“We are launching our brand new membership program in 2024,” Ms Harris said.
“It’s $50, and with it you get four drinks and a $10 voucher to spend in your birthday month. It allows for presale opportunities and the ability to come to engage with us, come to events at the Civic Theatre and be a part of our family.”
Season show tickets will be open to the general public from Tuesday 19 December. To learn more about the 2024 season, memberships and subscriptions, contact the Civic Theatre on 02 6926 9688 or click here.