shows: Kate Peters’ Dress­ing Roomers

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - CONTENTS - with KATE PETERS

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 monette@pur­ple­pearpro­duc­

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.

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