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The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS - with Kate Peters

The Phan­tom of the Opera, Spot­light The­atre, Bun­dall: Spot­light The­atri­cal Com­pany pro­duc­tion of the An­drew Lloyd Web­ber mu­si­cal based on Le Fan­tome de l’Opera by Gas­ton Ler­oux. Opens tomorrow and plays un­til Novem­ber 17; shows Thurs­days to Satur­days at 7.30pm with Sun­day mati­nees at 2pm. Tick­ets $18-$35. Call 5539 4255 to book. The Wind in the Wil­lows, Mur­willum­bah Civic Cen­tre: Mur­willum­bah The­atre Com­pany pro­duc­tion of the clas­sic kids’ tale adapted by from the beloved clas­sic by Ken­neth Grahame. Plays Satur­day at 5.30pm, Sun­day Oc­to­ber 27 at 2pm, Satur­day, Novem­ber 2, at 7.30pm and Sun­day, Novem­ber 3, at 2pm. Tick­ets $6-$12. Call 02 6672 5404 to book. Beauty and The Beast, The Cen­tre, Beaudesert: Beaudesert Am­a­teur Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety pro­duc­tion, based on the an­i­mated film with songs by Alan Menken, the late Howard Ash­man and new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. Tomorrow and Satur­day. Tick­ets $27.50. Go to liveatthe­cen­tre.com.au to book. Cabaret De Paris, Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino: Lav­ish, 90-minute French­flavoured re­vue stars for­mer Moulin Rouge show­girl Marissa Burgess, il­lu­sion­ist and Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent fi­nal­ist Michael Boyd and com­edy cir­cus per­former Justin Case. Last days! Plays Jupiters The­atre tonight and tomorrow at 7.30pm, Satur­day at 3pm and 7.30pm, Sun­day at 4pm. Tick­ets from $49. Call 132 849 to book. Sin & Tonic, Drac­ula’s, Broad­beach: The famed cabaret restau­rant’s new va­ri­ety show melds Ber­lin bur­lesque, com­edy, car­ni­val nov­elty acts and a punchy songlist. Show for 18+ au­di­ences. Plays Tues­days to Satur­days. Ar­rivals from 6.30pm. Spirit of the Horse, Aus­tralian Out­back Spec­tac­u­lar, Ox­en­ford: Din­ner and show with a cast of larger-thanlife char­ac­ters, big stunts, spe­cial ef­fects and live mu­sic. Plays Tues­days to Satur­days with mati­nees on the last Sun­day of the month. Doors open 6.15pm. Tick­ets from $79.99.

TWO lo­cal chil­dren set to star in the Queens­land Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre sea­son of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are pupils of singing teacher Kirri Adams. Play­ing the cov­eted role of Jeremy Potts is eight-year-old Jayden McGin­lay. Play­ing one of the sewer kids is 10-year-old So­phie Mo­man. Some 32 Queens­land boys and girls have se­cured roles as chil­dren who live in sew­ers be­neath the das­tardly Baron Bom­burst’s cas­tle, where they hide from the evil Child Catcher. Di­rec­tor Roger Hodg­man who sits in on all of the chil­dren’s au­di­tions be­lieves the chil­dren who have been cast in the QPAC pro­duc­tion are among the best he has seen so far. The most highly an­tic­i­pated fam­ily mu­si­cal of the year, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, plays QPAC for a lim­ited five-week sea­son, from Novem­ber 19 to De­cem­ber 22. To book go to www.qpac.com.au or phone 136 246.

THE Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast has fi­nalised a deal to present the first ‘‘the­atre’’ re­veal of the win­ning model of the new Gold Coast Cul­tural Cen­tre. It goes on dis­play at the Gold Coast Area The­atre Awards’ nom­i­nees’ cock­tail party in Gal­leries 1 and 2 on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 3. Some 75 teams en­tered the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion to de­sign a land­mark cul­tural precinct for the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games host city. De­signs in­clude a new arts mu­seum, a liv­ing arts cen­tre and a land­scaped artscape that fea­tures a civic gar­den and green bridge to Chevron Is­land.

BAL­LINA Play­ers opens Eurobeat – a hi­lar­i­ous, friv­o­lous and over-the-top Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test spoof on Novem­ber 15. In ‘‘sunny, safe, se­cure Sara­jevo’’, 12 coun­tries com­pete through song and dance to win the cov­eted Euro­vi­sion Award. Eurobeat plays Play­ers The­atre un­til De­cem­ber 7 with evening per­for­mances at 8pm and Sun­day mati­nees at 2pm. Book tick­ets at Just Funkin Mu­sic.

HOW do Phoenix En­sem­ble play­ers in­tend to go? Open­ing on Novem­ber 1, this cut­ting-edge the­atre com­pany presents the smash hit mu­si­cal The Full Monty. Au­di­ences will need to come along to see if the cast re­ally does go all the way. The mu­si­cal is an Amer­i­can­ised ver­sion of the 1997 Bri­tish film. ‘‘It takes real courage and trust from the cast to present this shows vul­ner­a­bil­ity and depth of char­ac­ter,’’ says di­rec­tor Tracey Hut­ley. The Full Monty plays Pav­il­lion The­atre, Been­leigh, un­til Novem­ber 30. Go to www.phoenix­ensem­ble.com.au to book.

SUN­DAY is au­di­tion day for Spot­light’s Jan­uary kids show, The Mem­ory Mill. Writ­ten and di­rected by Tess Burke and Pa­trick Monteath, the show is about Avalon – a land of dif­fer­ent realms, each home to a va­ri­ety of fae crea­tures. Avalon’s sur­vival is de­pen­dent upon the good mem­o­ries of chil­dren from the real world. The evil en­chantress Tabitha, has cre­ated the mem­ory mill to col­lect th­ese good mem­o­ries so she can de­stroy Avalon. The crea­tures’ only hope lies with a child called Bil­lie to save them and their home. Fol­low Bil­lie and the crea­tures on their jour­ney to de­feat the en­chantress. For more in­for­ma­tion, phone 5539 4255.

A DRESS­ING Roomers devo­tee got a sneak peak of Dirty Rot­ten Scoundrels with Aussie su­per­star Tony Shel­don in Syd­ney last weekend. Alas, it is not to tour. Our spy says cast mem­bers are bril­liant, the orches­tra is su­perb and the set and light­ing, pure per­fec­tion. The pro­duc­tion is beau­ti­fully done with star turns by Anne Wood, Matt Hether­ing­ton and, of course, the di­vine Shel­don. The show is witty, catchy and ever so cheeky. Aus­tralian au­di­ences are in for a real treat. Dirty Rot­ten Scoundrels plays Syd­ney’s The­atre Royal from Oc­to­ber 24 to De­cem­ber 8.

OPEN­ING tomorrow night is Spot­light The­atre’s Phan­tom of the Opera – a Gold Coast pre­miere. Can’t wait. Phone 5539 4255 to book.

Dirty Rot­ten Scoundrels

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