LET’S CUT TO THE CHASE

Spot­light The­atre’s thrilling mu­si­cal Sweeney Todd and Phoenix En­sem­ble’s new pro­duc­tion of Je­sus Christ Su­per­star are not to be missed

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY | DRESSING ROOMERS - KATE PETERS

After a quiet month of open­ings, Spot­light The­atre’s Sweeney Todd starts this week and is sure to bring a bumper crowd. Di­rec­tor Tess Burke has cre­ated a ra­zor-sharp pro­duc­tion of Sond­heim’s good-old­fash­ioned re­venge thriller. The lo­cal pro­duc­tion of the mu­si­cal, which opened on Broad­way in 1979, fea­tures a cast of 30 per­form­ers led by Lionel The­unis­sen as Sweeney Todd, a man driven mad by his de­sire for re­venge. Phoenix En­sem­ble’s pro­duc­tion of Je­sus Christ Su­per­star is ex­pected to draw great au­di­ences when it opens to­mor­row night, par­tic­u­larly with Adam Bartlett in the ti­tle role. Di­rec­tor Mor­gan Gar­rity will be a busy girl next year with jobs at Spot­light and other places on her sched­ule. Book for this popular show on 3103 1546 or visit phoenix­ensem­ble.com.au Dress­ing Roomers hears Voices in Par­adise are look­ing for new voices for its Christ­mas pro­gram. They are keen to have new mem­bers reg­is­ter and join them for a spe­cial event called Voices In Par­adise: Christ­mas Spe­cial. Reg­is­tra­tions close in two weeks. Visit voic­esin­par­adise.com.au Lo­cal funny lady Bub­ble has some fan­tas­tic feath­ered cos­tumes avail­able for sale. They are all proper show­girl out­fits, and with a lit­tle bit of time to preen and tidy will be a great as­set to any show or pro­duc­tion. Con­tact Sheila at Chat­ter­box on 5529 9969, 0418 817 816 or visit chat­ter­box.com.au In re­hearsal on the Coast this week are Javeen­bah The­atre’s Five Women Wear­ing the Same Dress, GCLT’s The Pa­jama Game, Nep­tune The­atre’s Pi­rates the Mu­si­cal, Tu­gun The­atre’s Death­trap and Bal­lina Play­ers’ High So­ci­ety.

Dress­ing Roomers hears The Pa­jama Game is into the last three weeks of re­hearsals and all is go­ing very well. It would ap­pear that the key word with this show will be “bright” – the mu­sic, cos­tumes, set and the very tal­ented faces that will be ap­pear­ing on stage. GCLT’s popular Drinks with The Di­rec­tor for The Pa­jama Game will be held at the the­atre on Tues­day at 6pm. This will fea­ture scenes from the show, some inside in­for­ma­tion on the ac­tors and, as promised, the launch of the full pro­gram for 2015. Au­di­tions for the first show of 2015 Sig­nal Driver by Pa­trick White will be held at the GCLT Green Room, Sun­day at 9am. De­tails from di­rec­tor Noella John­son on 5591 8493 or email kev­inand­noella@hot­mail.com – a cast of four is re­quired. The mag­i­cal world of Alice comes to the Tweed Val­ley this week with Mur­willum­bah The­atre Company’s new pan­tomime, Alice’s Ad­ven­tures. Adapted and di­rected by Bryanne Jar­dine, this pro­duc­tion of Lewis Car­roll’s won­der­fully fan­tas­tic books – Alice in Won­der­land and Through the Look­ing Glass – main­tains the imag­i­na­tive plot and bril­liant use of non­sense in a mod­ern con­text. Alice’s Ad­ven­tures is staged at Mur­willum­bah Civic Cen­tre. Visit mur­willum­bahthe­atre company.com I’m cur­rently on the Nor­we­gian Sun see­ing some fan­tas­tic en­ter­tain­ment from a group of per­form­ers who could get work any­where in the world. I’m now an ex­pert at folk­loric danc­ing! Great to see kids, in par­tic­u­lar, learn­ing tra­di­tional dances and per­form­ing them for tourists. There’s so much colour ev­ery­where. Watch this space. More from me from Mex­ico and Cen­tral Amer­ica next week, then on to New York!

Lionel The­unis­sen as Sweeney Todd and Ann McMa­hon as Mrs Lovett in Spot­light The­atre’s new play

Sweeney Todd.

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