WHITE Rabbit Theatre Ensemble’s season of The Grand, the last of the four theatre works featured as part of The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s inaugural 2013 Independent Season, in The Space from November 14. The play follows the story of a young woman who arrives at The Grand Hotel one dark and stormy night seeking shelter. She is taken in by proprietor Matilda and trained in the art of fine hotel service but soon learns that not everything is as it seems at The Grand. Written by Victoria Carless and directed by Lisa Smith, The Grand is billed as a darkly funny play with more than a passing nod to Australian tourism’s heyday. The cast includes Anna Mowry and Tammy Weller, with the show recommended for mature audiences (15+). The Arts Centre will unveil the program for its 2014 subscription season on Tuesday. See Wednesday’s Bulletin for details.
ONE of the Gold Coast’s most popular entertainers presents An Evening Of Song With Liza Beamish on November 30. The show will be special Christmas celebration with Tweed songstress Beamish joined by David Fennell on baby grand piano in the magical surrounds of Flutterbies Cottage Cafe in Tyalgum. Enjoy cocktails, canapes and a magical performance from 5.30pm (Qld time). Tickets are $35. Visit flutterbies.com.au or call (02) 6679 3221.
BRISBANE’S Harvest Rain Theatre will launch its program for 2014 with a star-studded lineup at The Playhouse, at QPAC, in Brisbane, on November 18 from 6.30pm. The launch will feature Jon English, Simon Gallaher, Angela Harding, Ian Stenlake and Marina Prior, supported by a cast of more than 50 musical theatre performers. Can’t wait to see what they will be doing next year! Pirates anyone? This former community theatre group has stepped up into the professional arena and regularly employs pros to work alongside its large local casts – a terrific way for actors to gain quality experience.
SHOWS currently playing the local area include Ballina Players’ musical with a difference, Eurobeat; Spotlight’s epic premiere season of The Phantom Of The Opera; and The Full Monty at Phoenix. Shows in rehearsal for November openings include Gold Coast Little Theatre’s Don’t Just Lie There, Say Something, Phoenix Ensemble’s A Wonderful Life, Tugun Theatre Company’s bullshot Crummond and Javeenbah’s Albert Nobbs.
THE Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards’ Gold Palm Awards Presentation Night, in the Paradise Showroom at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on December 10, is booked out. It seems the groups that booked before the nominations were released came out the winners this year. The night is set to be a huge celebration of local theatre, with some 105 nominees up for 30 awards. The nominations were culled from an original list of 456. The event gets bigger and better each year, with extracts from this year’s shows to be featured on the night alongside an opening number with leading man/ emcee Ian Stenlake and the Kim Reynolds Dancers.
DRESSING Roomers is currently treading the boards in the cast of the most ‘‘revealing’’ show of 2013 – The Full Monty, which opened to a capacity house at Phoenix Ensemble’s tin shed at the Beenleigh Showgrounds on Friday night. Known for their high standard of performance, this theatre group has never shied away from different, dangerous or downright difficult shows and this one is a blockbuster. Based on the British film about a group of out of work factory hands who stage a strip show for some quick cash, The Full Monty boasts an excellent script and a terrific score. The cast includes Adam Barlett, Tyler Stevens, Kevin Doyle, Stephen Dorrington, Jason Lawson and Simon Ahhim as the male striptease act – and audiences are loving it. The season continues until November 30. Visit phoenixensemble.com.au or call 3103 1546 to book.
DRESSING Roomers was saddened to hear local lady about town Roma Blair had fallen ill. The style icon and yoga teacher has been a generous supporter of theatre in this town for many years.
Anna Mowry and Tammy Weller star in