A GOOD KNIGHT OF FUN

From Monty Python’s Spa­malot to an opera per­for­mance and shows to au­di­tion for, there’s plenty hap­pen­ing in the lo­cal the­atre world

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS - KATE PETERS

This week’s big open­ing was Har­vest Rain’s Spa­malot at QPAC’s Con­cert Hall on Fri­day. As I was on stage with Let’s Mis­be­have, I sent a trusted sub­sti­tute and he ab­so­lutely loved the show, say­ing Jon English and Si­mon Gal­la­her are ab­so­lutely bril­liant, Julie An­thony’s voice is sub­lime and Frank Wood­ley is “wet your pants” funny. Lo­cal opera guru Bar­bara Gay­gan is or­gan­is­ing another Opera on the Ve­ran­dah, a twi­light event on Oc­to­ber 19. To be staged at a pri­vate home on the wa­ter at Chevron, the cost is $20 or $10 for stu­dents, with prof­its go­ing to Re­search for Can­cer. Two ex­pe­ri­enced and stun­ning opera singers from Bris­bane – Ju­lia and Doug McRae – will sing a col­lec­tion of arias, so­los and duets. Bar­bara will also be do­ing a guest spot. Con­tact Bar­bara on 0449 212 461 for the lo­ca­tion and to book. Friends of the Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast want to re­mind pa­trons that as of this month the Gold Coast City Coun­cil has made changes to week­day park­ing in the Evan­dale precinct. It will af­fect all em­ploy­ees and vis­i­tors to The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast. In­quiries to 1300 694 222 or Fa­cil­i­ties­Man­age­ment@gold coast.qld.gov.au Javeen­bah The­atre is au­di­tion­ing for roles for its new com­edy-thriller Ac­com­plice. The Ru­pert Holmes play be­gins as a con­ven­tional English thriller set in a 1970s coun­try house where a wife and her lover plan to mur­der her hus­band. The hus­band is sub­se­quently mur­dered on stage – but then reap­pears. Di­rec­tor Nathan Schulz is look­ing for three males and two fe­males to fill the cast. There are sev­eral quite raunchy, but taste­ful, scenes, so all ac­tors who au­di­tion must be com­fort­able with same-sex kiss­ing, par­tial nu­dity and be com­fort­able per­form­ing a sim­u­lated sex scene. Au­di­tions at Javeen­bah The­atre, cor­ner Stevens St and Ferry St in Nerang, on Oc­to­ber 19 at 2pm. Call Nathan on 0434 588 238 or n_schulz@hot­mail.com for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. Phoenix En­sem­ble at Been­leigh has an­nounced au­di­tions for its first show for next year, The Ad­dams Fam­ily, which will take place on Oc­to­ber 26 at Pavil­ion The­atre, James St, Been­leigh. The di­rec­tor is Mor­gan Gar­rity, mu­si­cal di­rec­tor is Julie Whit­ing and chore­og­ra­pher is Laura Baker. Re­hearsals will be held be­tween Novem­ber 2 and Fe­bru­ary 13, with a break be­tween De­cem­ber 21 and Jan­uary 4. Email Ad­dams.phoenix@hot­mail. com to book a time and re­ceive full au­di­tion in­for­ma­tion. The Gold Coast The­atre Al­liance tells Dress­ing Roomers that it has just had con­fir­ma­tion that Daniel Mal­lari is avail­able as guest en­ter­tainer for its BreaKa­Leg Awards Evening and launch of 2015 shows. The evening will be held at He­lensvale Cul­tural Cen­tre Au­di­to­rium on Novem­ber 1. The al­liance is look­ing for more en­trants in the event (there are only four groups en­tered in the Open Group sec­tion and one of th­ese groups will win $1000.) There are no en­tries for the drama sec­tion and there is $300 up for grabs there. En­tries to the BreaKa­Leg Tal­ent Quest have been ex­tended to to­mor­row. gold­coastthe­atre.com

Javeen­bah The­atre’s Mr Won­der­ful wraps this week­end. Cur­rently in re­hearsal on the Coast are Javeen­bah’s Five Women Wear­ing the Same Dress, GCLT’s the Py­jama Game, Nep­tune The­atre’s Pi­rates the Mu­si­cal, Tu­gun The­atre’s Death­trap, Spot­light’s Sweeney Todd and Bal­lina Play­ers’ per­for­mance of High So­ci­ety. Yours Truly will be in Los An­ge­les when you read this to re­port on shows from the US. Chookas to all the shows open­ing soon!

Pic­ture: RIC FREAR­SON

Jon English, Julie An­thony and Si­mon Gal­la­her in the Har­vest Rain pro­duc­tion of

Spa­malot.

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