POP­U­LAR

A Gold Coast theatre com­pany opted to can­cel a pro­duc­tion of Je­sus Christ Su­per­star af­ter re­al­is­ing they were far from alone in stag­ing it

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - DRESSING ROOMERS -

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.

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