Nothing impacts someone more than being immersed in a story: watching unique and colourful characters struggle, fall in love, deal with heartbreak and achieve their goal. Storytelling through drama, dance and music has inspired audiences for centuries. As a community-based amateur theatre group, SCCAS has had the honour of introducing many to the magic of live theatre.
Let’s start at the very beginning, A very good place to start.
The South Coast Choral and Arts Society was formed in 1950 as a choral group. Six years later, the group embarked on their first full-scale musical production: The Pirates of Penzance. The three performances were presented in the Victor Harbor Town Hall, and were well attended by members of the community. The success of this production launched the group as the leading arts society on the South Coast. Since then we have staged well over 100 productions including musicals, dramas, farces and self-written shows. Hundreds of community members have connected on-stage, off-stage, behind the scenes and as part of the Choral Group.
Today, the Society remains the standard for community theatre in Victor Harbor. Our feature productions attract audiences from around the region in their thousands. Favourite shows like The Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar and My Fair Lady have thrilled audiences and critics alike. The Society advocates new artistic directors, lesser-known works and diverse performance styles.
The Socity's Choral Group has entertained audiences since it's foundation in 1950. The choir caters to all musical tastes, performing 3 captivating concerts each year. Enthusiastic support from our community enables the choir to maintain a healthy membership.
Throughout our history, SCCAS has gained a reputation of professionalism. SCCAS is honoured to have received many commendations, reviews and community awards.
Recent awards include:
- Community Event of the Year 2012 (Oliver)
- Community Event of the Year 2015 (The Wizard of Oz)
- Nominated: ATG Curtain Call Awards Best Show, Amateur (Jesus Christ Superstar)
- Nominated: ATG Curtain Call Awards Best Female Performance, Amateur (Penny Smith, Jesus Christ Superstar)
- Won: ATG Curtain Call Awards Best Male Performance, Amateur (Robert Bell, Jesus Christ Superstar)
- ATG Reviews of recent SCCAS productions
There's no place like home, there's no place like home...
For most productions, SCCAS calls the historic Victor Harbor Town Hall home. Over sixty years we have invested thousands of dollars installing lights, audio/visual equipment, curtains and scenic drops. SCCAS has transformed the Town Hall and enabled its use as a performance venue by many groups. The Choral Group hosts concerts at Adare Uniting Church and Newland Uniting Church. SCCAS rents clubrooms at the Town Hall and various storage facilities in the area.
Our larger home is Victor Harbor and the surrounding areas. In these streets live the actors, choristers, musicians and crew that make up our Society. Within our community are many individuals, groups and businesses we've partnered with. Outside our community exist countless theatre-goers who support our work. Audiences come from Seaford, Mount Barker, Adelaide and interstate to experience our performances.
SCCAS believes in supporting the community that supports us. We have invested thousands of dollars in projects, fundraisers and scholarships around our home.
There's no people like show people...
One of the most important things to SCCAS is our people. People who, throughout a show, become like family. People who, after an exhausting season, are ready to turn around and do it all again. People who love theatre and love performing.
"I thoroughly enjoy being involved in SCCAS productions, the whole crew is like a big family. The comraderie, friendships and great fun make it a very memorable experience!"
- Mick McKinley
The success of our society is the result of many long hours and, often decades, of service by dedicated volunteers. Many of these long-serving members have been honoured with Life Membership and still play an active role in the Society today.
Within SCCAS, we recognize youth as the future of the Society. Throughout our history, we've run many programs to encourage youth involvement in the arts. Recently, SCCAS has granted scholarship awards to outstanding youth, to encourage them in the performing arts arena. The most recent Youth Scholarship Award recipients are:
- 2010 Thomas Shepherd
- 2011 Jess Kuss
- 2012 Kathryn Adams
- 2013 Hannah Ogilvie
- 2014 Emily McEvoy
- 2015 Dylan Rufus
- 2016 Millie Doherty
Every year a group of volunteers gets elected to serve as the Society's Management Committee. The Management Committee support all Society projects with dedication and experience. The Committee meet monthly and actively seek to advance all aspects of the Society.
Consider yourself at home. Consider yourself one of the family.
Are you passionate about live theatre on the South Coast? Would you like to be a part of the ongoing history of SCCAS? If so, why not become a member today. Click here to find out more.
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