Curtain down on great year
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.
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