By Michael Giles

THE snap lockdown has hit Bass Coast and South Gippsland hard already.

Sport is off, pubs and cafés are back to takeaways from 11.59pm tonight and the planned opening night for the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s long-awaited production of ‘Mamma Mia’ has been called off.

Vice President of WTG, Wayne Maloney, said the group was devastated about the news and was now scrambling to respond.

“It won’t be on this weekend,” Mr Maloney said.

Mr Maloney said almost all of the 377 tickets per night had been sold, with the losses extending beyond $55,000.

“We’ve had tremendous support for the show, the cast are rearing to go. Opening night was already a sell-out, we had one ticket left for another show and 10 for another at the weekend. It’s a substantial loss.

“That drops us back to nine performances instead of 12 but we’ll be meeting today to see if we might be able to add some additional performances, possibly a Wednesday show next week or the one after, maybe an extra Sunday show.

“But the big one is the musicians. A lot of these people are professional musicians who put off work to support us. We’ll just have to see.”

Mr Maloney said there was also the possibility that the seven-day lockdown might not be enough.

“It’s a difficult position for everyone but hopefully we can get this show on next weekend. Opening night would now be Friday night, June 4.”

Mr Maloney said WTG didn’t manage ticket sales but he understood a mechanism was in place to refund tickets purchased for the first three productions.