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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.’’