This year, Wyong Drama Group celebrates 65 years of continuous entertainment on the Central Coast. This is longer than any professional company in Sydney. The Ensemble, operating for 62 years, holds that record.
During this time the Group has presented 253 performances for public enjoyment including 168 full-length plays and 85 one-acters, all with a volunteer work force.
In 2014 when our home base in Wyong Memorial Hall was lost, due to the demolition of the hall to make way for the new Art House, we relocated to the site of Wyong Grove PS. During the last three years we have had 10 productions in The Grove ‘theatre’ with a further three in The Art House which opened in 2016. The Art House productions were Noises Off, The Vicar of Dibley, And Then There Were None. We round off 2017 with the classic British comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo at The Art House from November 17 to 24 so please join us for mirth, mayhem, music and more.
Comparing today with the 1950s, the number of performances for each full-length play now is 8 but in those early years there were only 2. Also ticket prices then were 2/6 for children and 4/- for adults compared with $27 and $30 today at The Art House.
Newspaper Quote from June 1953 after Hay Fever (cast of 8), the group’s second production:
More than 300 see ‘Hay Fever’
The play was the group’s best production to date.
The scenery must rank as the outstanding part of the show.
It is to be hoped that the current standard of acting has finally outranked the scenery!