Wednesday, April 24, 2024

The Final Curtain Call

After 40 years and 21 different productions, the Whyte Yarcowie Vaudeville Troupe will have its final curtain call on April 13 and 14 this year, in the Jamestown Town Hall.

The final show is called Young At Heart (slightly older in other places) and will be a celebration of 40 years of good old-fashioned entertainment.

All stops are being pulled out for the final shows in Jamestown, with former cast and crew coming back to Jamestown to celebrate the 40th year and final hoorah for the Whyte Yarcowie Vaudeville Troupe.

It was in 1984 that Judy and Noel Lewis and their sons Matt and Ben joined with Whyte Yarcowie farmers Pam and John Staker and their three children Sam Nigel and Naomi for a one-off performance of Ye Olde Time Music Hall for a History Week celebration.

It was a huge hit, and they have been performing ever since.

Over time the cast and crew evolved, with mainstays including Glen and Shirley Cornish, Ian and Julie Sutcliffe, Ian and Val Seaman, Ron and Daph Wenham, Lesley Kulow, Inez Hancock, John Moore, Jack Napper, and Margie Symonds.

The troupe has travelled widely throughout the State, some years putting on 11 performances.

They have featured on national television and been the only amateur group to secure a regular place in the Keith Michell Theatre’s Morning Melodies program.

Over the years, the Troupe performances have enabled local communities to raise thousands of dollars for charities of their choice.

Saturday April 13 is hosted by the Jamestown branch of the South Australian Country Women’s Association and the Sunday April 14 performance is hosted by the Jamestown Hospital Auxilliary.

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