VICTORIA’S snap lockdown could not have happened at a worse time for Gippsland’s theatre groups which are either into their annual musical production seasons or getting ready to roll.
While the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group was in final dress rehearsal, ahead of opening night for its production of Mamma Mia on Saturday, May 29, the Warragul Theatre Group’s production of Wicked was in full swing.
The group should still have had two nights to run, on Friday and Saturday nights, May 28 and 29, when they came together for a sold-out production on Thursday, May 27.
“We’ve got the chance to run two more shows next weekend, if the lockdown finishes but everyone treated last night as if it was the final night,” said Warragul Theatre Group President Caroline Allen.
Speaking on ABC Gippsland Radio on Friday morning, Ms Allen said it was quite a show.
“We had a big audience in with around 620 tickets sold and everyone treated it like the last night, in case it was, but with the hope that ‘we’ll see you next Friday’.”
Ms Allen said the West Gippsland Performing Arts Centre had been able to give the theatre group to additional dates, on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5 in the hope that the restrictions come off.
But Ms Allen said it would be a case of “wait and see”.
“It was a great final show if that’s what happens but it would be great to get the chance to have two more performances,” she said.
Asked to identify her favourite parts of the production, Ms Allen said she loved it all, a great cast and a great show.
But will it make it back to the stage again? Only time will tell.