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