WILL the cultural hub be up and running in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2018? Who knows? At any rate, performance on the Gold Coast is in pretty good shape in the meantime. Our busy weekend began with Songs For Nobodies (the best piece we’ve seen this year) at Brisbane’s Playhouse on Friday, Mother Goose (a terrific example of enthusiastic community theatre) at Mates Redlands on Saturday and Rock of Ages (a giant piece of Australian musical theatre). Good to see former Arts Centre Gold Coast technician Ricky leading the tech team at the Lyric for Rock of Ages.
THE 2012 Arts Centre subscription season will feature 15 performances – under lock and key until the official launch on Thursday. Keep your eye on the venue’s website for the rollcall.
WITH Spotlight Theatre’s season of Dusty reaching an all-time booking high and no tickets left for the rest of the final week, Ballina Players’ production of Dusty the Original Pop Diva opens tomorrow. The musical, directed by Sue and Paul Belsham and penned by the authors of Shout!, documents the triumphs and tribulations of the great Dusty Springfield. The Players
The Mousetrap production depicts the drama of Dusty’s life amidst a feast of her musical triumphs, backed by a talented supporting cast and stunning costumes. Dusty the Original Pop Diva is at the Players Theatre until December 10.
THE Gold Coast Theatre Alliance stages its annual showcase and launch of Playbills for 2012 on Wednesday at Spotlight’s main theatre. It’s always a great opportunity for theatre groups to catch up with other members and see what’s on offer for the following year. .
PHOENIX Ensemble Beenleigh is holding auditions for its next show I’m Too Sexy for the ’90s on November 27. To book an audition, contact Joel Mikkelsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0421 340 140.
SHOWS this week include Dusty at Spotlight, Twice in a Lifetime at Gold Coast Little Theatre, The Mousetrap at Javeenbah and The Promotion at Tweed Theatre Company. Gold Coast Theatre Alliance website has details.
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