shows: Kate Peters’ Dressing Roomers
REGULAR readers of this column will be familiar with my raves regarding unauthorised taking of photos and videos at live stage shows. It seems the latest fad is sending updates to Facebook during a production. Can these idiots in the audience not understand how frustrating it is for both actors on stage, and other audience members, when they are heads down/ fingers flying on their infernal phones during a performance! Why bother buying a ticket when all you want to do is text during the show?
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DRESSING Roomers caught the opening night of Tweed Theatre Company’s production of Fame last week – a big cast show with many performers coming from this end of the Coast. Standout talents were Alison McKenzie and Rachel Love – the former returning to Gold Coast theatre after several years studying at university, and the latter again showing what a great voice she has. Veteran song stylist Deborah Leigh-Russell tore the place apart with her numbers – she is pure gold on stage – even when ignored by the spotlight operator during her solos. The show runs until Sunday. Call 1800 674 414 to book.
BROADWAY play fans will be disappointed to hear that, due to circumstances beyond the producer’s control, the forthcoming Sydney season of hit rock musical Next To Normal has been cancelled. The show was due to open on September 13 at the Capitol Theatre, with a cast that included Ian Stenlake, Ross Hannaford and Dash Kruck. Plans are afoot to try and resurrect the production at another theatre venue in Sydney. The original Australian production of Next To
Normal was produced by Melbourne Theatre Company in 2011.
WE hear that Spotlight’s All Shook Up is way in front of its rehearsal schedule and the cast is singing up a
storm. The show, which will play during the anniversary of Elvis’ birthday, opens on August 17. Call 5539 4255 to book.
TOP Hat Productions will hold auditions tonight from 6pm to 8pm for
its September/October season of In The Mood - Again. . . – The 1940s Golden Age
of Radio Show! Call 5539 6456 for details or a last-minute audition. The show was so popular last year when it played a sold-out season in Spotlight’s Basement Theatre that the company has decided to produce another 1940s-style show.
JAVEENBAH Theatre Company will hold a Christmas in July quiz night on July 31. Organiser Dawn China says the trivia event is something a bit different for the theatre company. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come along for a night of fun. The questions will all be varied general knowledge. Entry is just $10 per person and includes buffet finger food and entrance into the trivia quiz. The bar will also be open. The event kicks off at 7pm sharp. Call 5561 7880 to book or email Dawn to reserve your teams’ position at firstname.lastname@example.org. All funds will be donated back to the Javeenbah Theatre Company.
GOLD Coast Little Theatre’s one-act play season co-ordinator, Noella Johnson, advises that a Year 10 student from Trinity Lutheran College, Lara Rix, is working with all four directors as their production assistant. Lara submitted a play to direct but it couldn’t be included. Instead, she was invited to be involved in the staging of the whole season – giving her a great learning experience and presenting a new concept to encourage future directors at the Southport-based theatre company.
ALSO in rehearsal on the Coast at the moment are Gold Coast Little Theatre’s Fiddler On The Roof and Javeenbah Theatre’s The Odd Couple –