A Gold Coast theatre company opted to cancel a production of Jesus Christ Superstar after realising they were far from alone in staging it
Southern Gold Coast community theatre company Neptune Productions has cancelled its May season of Jesus Christ Superstar. About 20 men and 15 women had been cast for the show, which follows the last seven days in the life of Jesus Christ.
The Tweed-based company made the tough call when it realised it was one of five groups within a range of 30km that intended to stage the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit over coming months. The show will go on at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Reedy Creek school, Beenleigh and Redlands. Neptune players are discussing whether to stage a show in May, but October’s Pirates The Musical, a tribute to Gilbert and Sullivan, is still a goer. Watch this space for news. Long-time Gold Coast community enthusiast and theatre practitioner Joel Beskin is recovering in Allemanda Hospital. Beskin had a stent inserted after having a heart attack on the weekend. He is expected to make a full recovery. He and wife Margie are in the thoughts of friends within the theatre community. Hot on the heels of last month’s announcement of Project Puccini, Opera Queensland is searching for budding Gold Coast filmmakers to document its world-first arts project.
Project Puccini will train 36 adults and 12 children to sing and act alongside OperaQ’s principal artists and Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians in a new performance of Giacomo Puccini’s La boheme.
Registrations for auditions from April 7 to 9 are now open and expressions of interest for filmmakers close on March 31. La boheme plays The Arts Centre Gold Coast on August 9. Long-running singing group Voices in Paradise is looking for people to join one of their groups for 2014. More info at voicesinparadise.com.au. Indefatigable entrepreneur Ken Jacob is presenting a night of traditional Irish music and dance for all the family at Tally Valley Hall on Friday, March 14. The St Patrick’s week celebration starts at 6.30pm. Dressing Roomers hears Queensland Theatre Company’s current play The Mountaintop is very, very thought provoking. Set on a rainy April night in Memphis, 1968, civil rights activist Dr Martin Luther King Jr might not know it yet, but it is his last night on Earth.
The Mountaintop is an incredible piece of theatre, both humorous and touching, that looks back at the life on an incredible man and the history of the civil rights movement.
What starts as a funny comedy played out between the legendary Dr King and hotel maid Camae morphs into something truly memorable.
Pacharo Mzembe turns in an incredible performance as Dr King, and the vivacious Candy Bowers dazzles as Camae.
Once again, the QTC triumphs. The Mountaintop continues until March 16. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical will make its Australian premiere at Sydney Lyric Theatre in August 2015. Matilda The Musical, based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life.
Featuring music and lyrics by Australian comic, musician and composer Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical has proven an enormous success in London’s West End and on Broadway. Casting is expected to begin in late 2014. Ticketing information to be announced at a later date. In rehearsal on the Coast are Quartet at Javeenbah, The Removalists at Gold Coast Little Theatre and Next to Normal at Spotlight Theatre. Check the venues for times and dates. Spotlight’s blockbuster Annie continues until next weekend, with every seat sold out. Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club presents Way Down Younder in New Orleans featuring Lee Guinness and the Caxton Street Jazz Band. The show plays The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s Paradise Showroom on March 14 at 7.30pm. Phone 5588 4000 to book tickets. In our zeal to cover the Gold Coast Little Theatre Dolphin Awards, a picture of Heidi Enchelmaier was captioned incorrectly as Louise Harris. Apologies to all.
Pacharo Mzembe and Candy Bowers dazzle in The Mountaintop.