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THE Gold Coast Phil­har­monic Orches­tra will hold an open re­hearsal – the Orches­tra’s Big­gest Evening Sup­per – in aid of the Queens­land Can­cer Coun­cil on May 23 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Gold Coast Youth Orches­tra Cen­tre, Com­mu­nity Drive, Ash­more. Ad­mis­sion is by do­na­tion to the Can­cer Coun­cil. The open re­hearsal and sup­per is be­ing held as part of the Queens­land Can­cer Coun­cil Big­gest Morn­ing Tea event. The au­di­ence will be able to watch the orches­tra as it re­hearses for its In the Spot­light con­cert pro­gram and then join the mu­si­cians for a luscious sup­per be­fore re­turn­ing to the re­hearsal to com­plete the evening. A raf­fle with mul­ti­ple draws will also be held. RSVP at gold­coast­phil­har­monic.com or call 5539 6076 with your name, re­turn phone num­ber and num­ber of peo­ple at­tend­ing.

HIT Pro­duc­tions’ sea­son of The Book Club, by Rod­ney Fisher from the play by Roger Hall, plays The Space, at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast tonight and to­mor­row at 7.30pm. Cur­rently on a national tour, the play stars lead­ing stage ac­tress Amanda Mug­gle­ton. The plot fol­lows her char­ac­ter – house­wife and mother Deb­o­rah – who has an ad­dic­tion to books and her book club. When a fa­mous author joins the group for a study ses­sion, Deb­o­rah’s life sud­denly switches from an old wives’ tale to the stuff of erotic fic­tion. The en­su­ing af­fair takes her love of lin­guis­tics to a whole new level. Au­di­ences should be aware The Book Club is not suit­able for any­one 15 years old and un­der. Tick­ets are $36 adults and $31 con­ces­sions.

AU­DI­TIONS for the short film Jack, will be held later this month. The film will be shot at Robina over two nights in July. All prin­ci­pal roles are for fe­males 65 years and over. Email lisal@racon­teur­films.com with ‘‘script & char­ac­ter de­scrip­tions’’ in the sub­ject line for more or visit racon­teur­films.com for de­tails.

ONE of TV’s most suc­cess­ful com­edy writ­ers is join­ing Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello to cre­ate a mu­si­cal based on their 1998 al­bum Painted From Mem­ory. Bacharach says Chuck Lorre, cre­ator of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang The­ory, wants to write a story to go with the mu­sic. The dark, lush al­bum earned Bacharach and Costello a Grammy for the song I Still Have That Other Girl. Other al­bum tracks in­clude God Give Me Strength and This House is Empty Now. Bacharach hopes to take the show to Broad­way.

BILL Od­die, star of the clas­sic hit BBC TV com­edy The Good­ies, will bring his Aus­tralian tour to Bris­bane next month. The co­me­dian, TV per­son­al­ity, author, mu­si­cian, com­poser, and wildlife en­thu­si­ast will per­form his one-man show at The Tivoli, Bris­bane, on June 20. The show fea­tures rem­i­nis­cences from his days as a third of The Good­ies and a video mes­sage from his for­mer side­kicks. Od­die is con­sid­ered a national trea­sure in the UK, where he went on present wildlife shows Spring­watch and Au­tum­n­watch and is well-known for his en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­forts and love of bird­watch­ing. ‘‘I am look­ing for­ward to the tour a lot,’’ he says. ‘‘It will be my fourth or fifth trip to Aus­tralia and the first trip was so long ago, I was of­ten ap­pre­hended by the po­lice for hav­ing sus­pi­ciously long hair.’’

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