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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.