shows: Kate Peters’ Dressing Roomers
YOU have to wonder whether the forthcoming Commonwealth Games will rip money from the proposed new Cultural Centre, don’t you? It seems both state and council funding will be allocated to projects deemed more ‘‘politically expedient’’ than the new building. I wait with bated breath to see what Mayor Tate decides after his forthcoming Las Vegas/Miami trip. THE Imperial Ice Stars’ The
Nutcracker on Ice was superb. Although the theatre was icy (cop the breeze coming from the stage), the costumes were gorgeous, the ice dancing sublime and the production, as expected, worldclass. A brilliant night in the theatre.
BACK to QPAC on Saturday night for the opening of Harvest Rain’s
Hairspray. This is one of the best shows I’ve seen this year. Enticing popular leading man Simon Gallaher was a master stroke. The show is slick, beautifully crafted and choreographed and a wonderful showcase for Queensland talent. It runs until Sunday.
GREAT school holiday entertainment is available for the next two weeks, courtesy of Queensland Theatre of Puppetry on Macintosh Island and Top Hat Productions at Spotlight’s Basement Theatre. See Page 9 of today’s magazine for details.
THE next Tweed Links Music Club Concert takes place on Sunday, at the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club at 2pm. Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment provided by the Tweed Links quartet and dancers, compered by Bob Green. Artists who perform include Forte Acapella, supported by vocalist Shirley King, clarinetists Cec Shaw and Paul Waters joining the Tweed Links Quartet and piano and organ duo Edna and Evan Williams. Tickets are $6 for Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club members and $10 for visitors. Call Elaine on 5594 6412 for details.
GOLD Coast Little Theatre will stage Drinks with the Directors of the
Kaleidoscope, a one-act play season at its Scarborough St theatre on Tuesday at 6pm. The GCLT one-act play season runs from July 12-14 at 8pm, with a matinee on Saturday, July 14, at 2pm. This is a great chance to see four interesting short plays, all based on the theme ‘‘Torn and Damaged’’. Season co-ordinator Noella Johnson says a completely new format will feature strolling players in the GCLT green room. Entry to the Drinks event – free for GCLT members and subscribers; $5 for other guests – includes supper. To book, phone 5532 2096. JAVEENBAH is bringing The Odd
Couple Female Version to the stage next month. The script flips to star ladies instead of gentlemen. Director Jim Dickson is thrilled to bring the unique take on the classic comedy to Javeenbah. The show opens on July 13. To book, phone 5596 0300.
FORMER artist-in-residence at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Monette Lee, launches new drama classes at Kirra, beginning on July 12. Lee trained in the UK at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and was nominated for a best actress award at Brisbane’s first Short and Sweet Theatre Festival. For more information phone firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUEENSLAND Theatre Company’s Youth Ensemble showcases six months of hard work when it stages
This Hollow Crown. A cast of 40 young performers have spent six months working on the very contemporary look at love and power, which draws from such Shakespearean works as Richard II, Hamlet, Macbeth, Henry VI, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and Othello. QTC’s Youth Ensemble, created by Wesley Enoch, finds and fosters Queensland’s stage stars of the future. High school students train weekly with theatre professionals to hone acting skills. This Hollow Crown plays the QTC’s Bille Brown Studio, Montague Street, South Brisbane, tomorrow and Saturday. To book, phone 1800 355528.