COM­I­CAL TWIST TO FAN­TASY

Fam­i­lies will have an en­joy­able time at the the­atre this month with Spot­light’s pro­duc­tion of the colour­ful hol­i­day pan­tomime Cin­derella

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

Still quiet on the Coast as groups re­hearse for their first open­ings – Spot­light’s an­nual Jan­uary chil­dren’s show is Cin­derella this year – adapted by Terri Woodfine and pre­sented as a mag­i­cal, tra­di­tional fam­ily pan­tomime for the fes­tive sea­son. In the best of panto tra­di­tions there are lots of top­i­cal jokes, comic an­tics, bright lively mu­sic, daz­zling cos­tumes and of course, plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for the au­di­ence to get in­volved and join the fun. Cin­derella is a mag­i­cal, mu­si­cal treat for young and old. The show fea­tures Tess Burke as the Fairy God­mother, Ai­den Osso­vani as the Prince, Mil­lie Tal­bot as Bene­dict (the Prince’s Valet), Zoe Richards as Boots, Nathan Skaines as the Baroness and Kyra Thomp­son as Cin­derella. To book, visit spot­lightthe­atre.com.au or 55394255. The sea­son runs un­til Jan­uary 17.

Rob Caudill, a dead-on Rod Ste­wart im­per­son­ator, ar­rives on the Coast to play a spe­cial show at Twin Towns with Cher look-a-like Ash­leigh Toole on Satur­day night. Rob trav­els the world reg­u­larly in his role as Rod Ste­wart and it looks like

this show is not to be missed. Ex­cel­lent news re­ceived that lo­cal young per­former Court­ney Mon­sma has been ac­cepted into the mu­sic the­atre course at Bris­bane’s Con­ser­va­to­rium, and lo­cal lad Jy Ether­ing­ton will go to NIDA next year. Th­ese two ex­cel­lent young Gold Coast per­form­ers have learned their craft well and will no doubt do very well at their re­spec­tive ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions. Their many friends on the Coast wish them ev­ery suc­cess. We hear that We­bers Cir­cus will be com­ing to He­lensvale from Jan­uary 15 to Fe­bru­ary 8. Watch this space. Two new judges have been ap­pointed to the judg­ing panel of the Gold Coast Area The­atre Awards. Well-known di­rec­tor/chore­og­ra­pher/per­for mer Tracey Kriz will join the panel this year. Tracey is one of the Gold Coast’s most ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tors, direc­tors, chore­og­ra­phers and mu­sic direc­tors. Trained in clas­si­cal singing, clas­si­cal bal­let, jazz and tap, the the­atri­cal stage fi­nally beck­oned and Tracey scored sev­eral lead roles in many ma­jor mu­si­cals. Join­ing Tracey is Ross Smith – ex Syd­ney’s Capi­tol The­atre (in­volved in re­cruit­ing Viet­namese chil­dren for Miss Saigon), for Walt Dis­ney Pro­duc­tions he was sent to New York to learn FoH lo­gis­tics for The Lion King be­fore he be­came head usher at Syd­ney’s Lyric The­atre and Show­room, go­ing on to act as house man­ager for events for Syd­ney Olympics 2000. Two wor­thy ad­di­tions to an al­ready stir­ling group. The Wind in the Wil­lows opens at La Boite’s Round­house The­atre in Bris­bane to­day – I’ll be there – watch the col­umn next week for our im­pres­sions. In re­hearsal on the Coast are GCLT’s Sig­nal Driver (by Pa­trick White) di­rected by Noella John­son; Ac­com­plice at Javeen­bah (di­rected by Nathan Schulz); and Abi­gail’s Party at GCLT (di­rected by Dawn China). The Sum­mer Se­ries kicks off next week at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast. The two-week hol­i­day pro­gram com­prises of cre­ative work­shops in­clud­ing hip-hop with lo­cal Gold Coast dance star Ben Veitch, com­mer­cial jazz with Min­istry of Dance, and con­tem­po­rary dance with in­cred­i­ble dancers from Syd­ney Dance Company. If the­atre’s more your thing, kids can take part in drama work­shops where they’ll en­gage with the el­e­ments of act­ing and sto­ry­telling, or even give cir­cus ac­ro­bat­ics a try. There are lots of other ac­tiv­i­ties – for more info con­tact Amanda Garske at ed­u­ca­tion@thearts­cen­tregc. com.au or on 5588 4089. Yours Truly had the op­por­tu­nity this week to see a col­lec­tion of stage cos­tumes on sale by veteran songstress Mar­garet Flana­gan (of the well-known trio The Flana­gans of 60s/70s/80s fame). Mar­garet and her hus­band are re­lo­cat­ing back to Syd­ney and she has many stage cos­tumes to sell. In­cluded are sev­eral out­fits de­signed and made for the trio’s planned trip to the US with Judy Stone. If you’re in­ter­ested, con­tact me on pe­ter­slk@iprimus.com.au

Plans are un­der way for Yours Truly to see Sweet Char­ity at the Opera House in Syd­ney in early Fe­bru­ary. Can’t wait. Queens­land The­atre of Pup­petry will stage Jack & the Beanstalk, di­rected by Phillip Bell, at Mac­in­tosh Is­land Park from Jan­uary 1223. No book­ings nec­es­sary – take the lit­tlies for a dose of pup­petry from the ex­perts. Great to hear that lo­cal pro­ducer, en­tre­pre­neur and per­former Si­mon Gal­la­her will take the role of the Wizard in the John Frost Bris­bane and Perth sea­sons of Wicked, then rush to di­rect Har­vest Rain’s Pi­rates of Pen­zance. Sounds like a busy year ahead, but we love it don’t we.

Rod Ste­wart im­per­son­ator Rob Caudill plays a show at Twin Towns this week­end.

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