Country community celebrates three decades of theatre with new show Wots Next

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Wots Next director Des McLean with some of the crew.
Camera IconWots Next director Des McLean with some of the crew. Credit: Supplied

Between the karri and marri trees of the Great Southern sits the Narrikup Town Hall, home to a local theatre club that prides itself on producing classic family shows.

Narrikup Amateur Theatre Society is celebrating its 32nd anniversary this month with its latest production, Wots Next, a fitting way to pay tribute to a legacy of country theatre.

NATS has entertained the community since the debut production in May 1989.

Along the way, the society has supported many clubs, organisations and individuals, with funds raised through variety family shows.

NATS’ Pauline Norton promised the latest production was full of fun and frivolity.

“This year, we have a few more new faces in the cast as well as in the backstage crew. Each member brings their own little something to contribute to making our shows successful,” she said.

Wots Next, directed by Des McLean, is a collection of dance, song, skits and jokes.

NATS members Chris Norton, Alan Silson, Des McLean, Murray McLean and Joe Foster.
Camera IconNATS members Chris Norton, Alan Silson, Des McLean, Murray McLean and Joe Foster. Credit: Supplied

With 30 community members involved in making sure the production goes ahead, Ms Norton said there were some talented artists involving in building props and painting backdrops.

Ms Norton said a lot had changed since the first production.

“From the very first show, using the kitchen with a couple of curtains to use as change rooms to now, where we have proper change rooms and an extended stage with beautiful royal blue theatre curtains and a good-quality sound system,” she said.

According to Ms Norton, a community dinner three decades ago inspired the theatre club idea.

“Narrikup Combined Sports Group would hold Dinner and Diversity nights to raise funds; we had an outside group provide the entertainment,” she said.

“It was suggested that we had enough talent in our community to provide the entertainment ourselves and from this idea, when a gentleman called Derek Payne moved into the district and involved with amateur theatre in Albany, he found there was interest in the Narrikup community to put a show on.”

Wots Nextis showing at the Narrikup Hall tomorrow and Saturday night from 7.30pm.

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