Cur­tain down on great year

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IT has been a great year for many lo­cal the­atre com­pa­nies, some of which took huge risks and en­joyed some spec­tac­u­lar suc­cesses. High­lights of the year for my money in­cluded Spot­light’s pre­miere sea­son of the ir­rev­er­ent pup­pet pro­duc­tion Av­enue Q and Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre’s stag­ing of The Boys, an ugly, bril­liant and in­no­va­tive play about life in in­ner-western Syd­ney. Both shows proved what high pro­duc­tion stan­dards can be achieved lo­cally. I can’t wait un­til next year’s slate of of­fer­ings.

THE Gold Coast Triple Threat school, which of­fers both full and part­time cour­ses to as­pir­ing mu­si­cal the­atre per­form­ers, has en­joyed a suc­cess­ful year. Stu­dent Max Bimbi has been ac­cepted into Western Aus­tralia’s pres­ti­gious arts school WAAPA. Cait­lyn Quinn and Taya Or­chard have been ac­cepted into the Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic. GCTT is a not-for-profit com­pany which of­fers a prod­uct un­like any other to as­sist young peo­ple who want a ca­reer in the arts. Check www.gctt.eq.edu.au.

CONGRATULATIONS to Gold Palm Award win­ner Stephanie Long, Ben­jamin Ham­b­ley and Har­ri­son Prouse. The trio have all been ac­cepted into the Univer­sity of Bal­larat’s Academy of Per­form­ing Arts to study mu­sic the­atre.

THE Gold Coast The­atre Al­liance aims to help mem­bers de­velop and en­hance their per­for­mances and pro­duc­tions. To this end, the al­liance is invit­ing feed­back as to how it can best help mem­bers achieve these aims. The group re­alises sem­i­nars and work­shops are use­ful tools – pro­vided they are rel­e­vant to the needs of mem­bers. The al­liance is also aware of the im­por­tance of net­work­ing and ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween groups and is set to cir­cu­late a ques­tion­naire for the­atre groups and au­di­ence mem­bers – fill one in and re­turn it to the al­liance.

GOLD Coast Lit­tle The­atre will hold au­di­tions for its con­tro­ver­sial play Daugh­ters of Heaven at its South­port the­atre on Jan­uary 15 from 10am. The pro­duc­tion will run from April 14 to May 5 with mati­nees on April 22 and 29. Call di­rec­tor Pam Sex­ton on 0414 186 226 for de­tails.

The Boys,

DRESS­ING Roomers hears the hottest ticket on Broad­way is to see our own Hugh Jack­man, whose one-man show is set­ting records on the Great White Way. Jack­man is not the only Aus­tralian rip­ping New York apart, of course, with Tony Shel­don wow­ing sold­out crowds as the star of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

I’LL be in the front row when my great mate Rhonda Burch­more brings her Legs 11 show to The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on Jan­uary 13. The legs, the voice, the stage pres­ence – all guar­an­tee a great night of en­ter­tain­ment as Burch­more re­lives pre­cious mu­si­cal mem­o­ries, singing songs from Su­gar Ba­bies, Hot Shoe Shuf­fle, Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, An­nie Get Your Gun, Guys & Dolls, Into the Woods, Mame, The Drowsy Chap­er­one and Mamma Mia. The songlist is a mu­sic lover’s feast. It will in­clude clas­sics such as Birth of the Blues, What Kind of Fool Am I, The Last Man in My Life, Danc­ing Queen, Di­a­monds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, Shakin’ the Blues Away and Fever. Grab a three-course meal be­fore a night of daz­zling dance, breath­tak­ing gowns and spec­tac­u­lar mu­sic. Forde­tails see thearts­cen­tregc.com.au or call 5588 4000.

HAVE a great Christ­mas and a won­der­ful 2012. And be sure to come and say hello next time you see me in a foyer!

Del Halpin and Stu­art Lums­den in Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre’s dar­ing pro­duc­tion di­rected by Noella John­son

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