DRESS­ING ROOMERS

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

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 Grand

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

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