Wayne Moloney (left) as the Fagin from Oliver, while Nina Barry-Macaulay and Will Hanley picked his pockets. tm35_0819

Britt Lewis and Sarah Kate Hanley re-enacted a song from West Side Story. tm32_0819

Act two had the crowd laughing their socks off. tm31_0819

Act one involved a bit of flirting between cast members. tm30_0819

THE Wonthaggi Theatrical Group (WTG) celebrated 50 years of musicals, laughter and singing at the weekend.
On Friday night, the book ‘We can do that’ was launched at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre.
It features an anecdotal history of the group.
The book describes “the stories behind the stories” and follows the group from humble beginnings to its modern successes.
The book, penned by local writer Gill Heal, was constructed through years of hard work and interviews with current and past WTG members.
Following the book launch was the anniversary show; an on-stage recreation of the group’s performances over the last 50 years divided into three acts.
Act one was a classical flirtation between cast members, with a standout performance from Jenny Churchill.
Act two, ‘On-air’, was a tongue-twisting show that somehow managed to incorporate almost every Bass Coast town within the lines. This had everyone laughing.
Act three showed some of our finest local talent. The solo performances brought tears to the singers and many audience members.
It is this talent and their dedication to share their knowledge that has carried the group through the past 50 years and keeps audience members returning.
At the end of the night, group president Peter Hanley asked audience members to one – stand if they had been part of a performance, two – stand if they were part of a show behind stage and three – if they were a family member of someone who was, then if you weren’t already standing he asked repeat guests to stand and everyone was out of their seat.
“I, like many, have found a place here at WTG. If you’re a signer, a dancer, a plumber or a teacher, WTG is a home for everyone,” said Peter.
Books are available for purchase at The Wonthaggi Club, Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club, Wrench’s Footwear and the ticket desk at the Union theatre.