GREAT to hear Helen Reddy is back on stage after more than a decade off the road. Reddy brings her Australian tour to QPAC, in Brisbane, on April 13. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday. Reddy’s new show includes songs previously never performed live.
PHOENIX Ensemble, at Beenleigh, has announced its 2014 playbill, selecting shows with both wide appeal and a trademark Phoenix ‘‘edge’’. First up, Joel Mikkelsen directs The Wonders, a selfdevised showcase of popular music sourced from one-hit-wonders. Steve Pearton directs theatrical ghost story The Woman In Black; Tracey Hutley helms Little Shop Of Horrors; and Morgan Garrity will direct Jesus Christ Superstar.
LOCAL performer Lincoln Jamieson’s brother
JAVEENBAH opened its Gold Coast premiere season of The Burlesque Effect on Saturday. Great to see Tracey Lord (former queen of the Arts Centre’s old costume department) as head honcho of costumes for The Burlesque Effect. She also takes a major role in the show. While some of the set changes were a bit slow, the costumes are fabulous and the production – an Australian play with music and dance and lots of flesh – is well worth seeing. It plays Javeenbah’s Nerang theatre until October 12.
YOURS Truly is sad to report the passing of Katerina Makaere, the very talented performer who played Bloody Mary in Gold Coast Little Theatre’s 2001 season of South Pacific. Makaere appeared at the theatre to support another auditionee and was quickly snapped up for a role. She was a strong, extremely effective cast member who lead by example; juggling a demanding job with a demanding performance schedule. We extend the sympathies of the local theatre community to her family. Balai Hai.
South Pacific Kurt, 19, was injured in a motorcycle accident on the day of the last matinee performance of Neptune Productions’ Whistle Down The Wind. Neptune Productions will host a Jamieson Benefit Show at Tweed Civic & Cultural Centre Theatre on October 26, with all money raised to go towards Kurt’s care. Tickets are on sale at Book Ends. Visit email@example.com or call 5524 9794 to book.
Katerina Makaere and Grant Ebeling in a scene from in 2001.