President’s Message – 29 July 2021

A lot has been happening since I last messaged all our members and friends of Arcadians.

After reopening the theatre earlier in the year, we were very hopeful of seeing a normal year of theatre activity at the Miner’s Lamp Theatre. Well, that didn’t happen did it!

“Ladies In Black” under the guidance of Kerrie Hartin were able to almost finish their season! What a great disappointment having to reduce audience size and cancel one show for everyone involved in getting the show finally on stage and particularly the patrons who had booked for the final weekend but missed out because of reduced seating capacity and lockdown.

Our production of “Be More Chill” under the Direction of Justin Clarke was scheduled to go to stage on 4 August. The excellent cast were into rehearsal and looking forward to getting to demonstrate their talents. But that was not to be. Regrettably the production team decided they could not get the production to the quality they wanted in time to open. Thankfully we have been able to re-schedule the production for 2022 to fit in with the cast and production teams existing commitments.

Our ACT production of “Xanadu JR” due to open 17 September has had to be postponed to next year as the production team will not to be able to complete rehearsal requirements in time. There are a few members due to graduate this year and we are hopeful that they will be able to return to complete their graduation in 2022.

The Lamplighters and Minstrels have been similarly affected not being able to rehearse and having to cancel some scheduled performances. And the Monday Maintenance Men having to abide by the rules as well can’t wait to get back into the theatre to keep everything in top condition for the members as soon as they are allowed.

Onto some good news, our friends in the Cotswold Arcadians in Westrop, United Kingdom, completed their season of “The Tempest” this week. After 500 days of darkness for the Group, they reopened to outstanding comments from their patrons. We congratulate them and wish them continued success.

There is no doubt that Arcadians will survive this latest setback. We are all looking forward to the time when our members can do what they love doing at the theatre and when our patrons can again enjoy live theatre in a real theatre.

As our situation is evolving on a weekly basis, we look forward to keeping in touch with you on our way forward. As the Premier would say, “When I know, you’ll know!”

Until next time, stay safe and stay at home.

Steve Sanders

You’re History

When a nerdy teenager turns a portable classroom into a time machine, a mischievous detention class is sent hurtling back through history!  The time-warped team discover vicious Vikings, pilates-practicing pirates,  disco-happy gladiators, a rapping Romeo and Juliet and the infamous Oedipus on Jerry Springer.  A rollicking musical chock-full of wonderful characters, historical mayhem and sensational songs. A hip, intelligent production that will rock the house!

The Arcadians Children’s Theatre will present You’re History Sept 21 – 23 buy tickets here


We’re Back!

The City of Wollongong Brass Band and The Arcadians Lamplighters Male Choir proudly present…
We’re Back!

Wollongong Town Hall
Sunday 6th November at 2pm 2011

Adults $25
Concession/Groups 10+ $20
Youth (15 years and under) $12

Bookings through Wollongong Town Hall Box Office
9am – 5pm (02) 42250906

National Boys Choir of Australia

Arcadians Lamplighters Male Choir proudly presents
National Boys Choir of Australia
Stars of the Qantas TV Commercials

Wollongong Town Hall
Sunday 2 October – 2pm

$25 Adults
$20 Concession
$12 Youth (15 yrs and under)
Unreserved seating

Bookings at Ticketek on 132849 or

Featuring a variety of music from different eras, including a staged performance of:
a children’s Opera, composed by Richard Rodney Bennett.

The Lamplighters are honoured to present this great choir to Wollongong audiences for the second time. The choir travels both overseas and interstate, as well as performing regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Opera Australia. They have toured with Andre Rieu, entertained crowds at the Sydney Olympics, the Grand Prix, Bledisloe Rugby Cup and Carols by Candlelight.

Further information from Wollongong Town Hall Box Office 4225-0906 and Arcadians Theatre Group 4284-8348