shows: Kate Peters’ Dress­ing Roomers

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

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?

LO­CAL bou­tique web de­sign and de­vel­op­ment agency Blue Platy­pus, in con­junc­tion with The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, is of­fer­ing mar­ket­ing sup­port for one artist or arts or­gan­i­sa­tion. The 2012 Blue Platy­pus Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast mar­ket­ing prize ap­pli­ca­tion de­tails are avail­able at blue­platy­pus.com.au

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 dawn.china@big­pond.com. 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 –

Fe­male Ver­sion.

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