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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Jon English, Julie Anthony and Simon Gallaher in the Harvest Rain production of