MAD AS A HATTER TO PASS ON ALICE
Lewis Carroll’s much-loved children’s tale is the only production opening around the area this weekend, with Ballina offering it in a new light
The musical Alice in Wonderland opens at the Players Theatre Ballina tomorrow. This fast-paced 65minute show is based on Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic and Disney’s 1951 ever popular animated feature film. It’s been adapted for young performers, taking a lighthearted, whimsical approach to the classic tale, with an easy to follow plot. Audiences may sing along with old favourites such as I’m Late, Zip-A-DeeDoo-Da, Painting the Roses Red and The Un-Birthday Song. It is directed by Geoff Marsh with musical direction from Max Foggon and opens tomorrow, and plays until next Sunday. To book phone 02 6686 2440 or visit ballinaplayers.com.au This is one of the quietest periods of entertainment on the Gold Coast, and I always wonder why? There are still masses of tourists around, people are on holidays, why wouldn’t they be going out to the theatre? Brazouka’s successful season at Jupiters Hotel & Casino comes to a close this week, with none other than Pamela Stephenson and Billy Connolly officiating; High Country Legends continues to wow the crowds at the Outback Spectacular, Dracula’s is full every night, but where are the other options? In Las Vegas, many of the hotels stage shows in their function rooms; why isn’t that happening here? Imagine holidaymakers able to go to the Marriott or the QT and get dinner and show during the holiday season. Where are you, entrepreneurs? One of the great joys of the holiday season is the circus coming to town: we hear that Webers Circus will be coming to Helensvale from today to February 8. It’s Webers Circus With A Touch Of South America, featuring the Wheel of Death from Colombia, miniature ponies, hula hoops, clowns and juggling performed by Cody Harrington, the former junior world champion in Las Vegas. It’s a fun-filled show for all ages. Tickets are $14 children, $24 adults. To book visit weberscircus.com or phone 0448 247 287. Auditions are coming up for several shows on the Coast, an interesting one being The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. Directed by Ros Johnson for Phoenix Ensemble Beenleigh, the auditions will take place on February 7. Auditionees will be required to learn a brief Shakespearean monologue of their choice (10-20 lines). Be prepared to indicate if you are interested in a lead role or minor/ensemble role. Some ensemble will be dancers, so a background in dance will be helpful. Auditions will be individual 15-minute spots. Call backs may be held later in the week. The production needs three to five females and four to six males (18+). The pedant and widow will need to be 40+. Contact Ros Johnson on 0416 270 883 or email email@example.com to book. Again a bit up the road, the Beenleigh Theatre Group will be presenting an interesting collection of shows this year; beginning with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in February/March, they will go on to present the iconic War of the Worlds in May, followed by Beauty and the Beast in June and July and will end the year with the blockbuster musical Gypsy in November. All the Mama Roses on the Coast should be on alert: make your way up to Crete Street Theatre for this one! In rehearsal at the moment on the Gold Coast are GCLT’s Signal Driver (Patrick White’s play directed by Noella Johnson) opening January 23; Neptune Productions’ Out of the House, at Tweed Heads Civic Centre; Tugun’s How the Other Half Loves directed by Annie Lotocki at Tugun Village Community Centre from February 12 and Spotlight’s High School Musical, which opens February 20. Opening in March are GCLT’s Abigail’s Party and Javeenbah’s Play it Again Sam. Spotlight is celebrating its 60th year this year, with a gigantic raffle for a trip for two to Broadway, New York. Tickets went on sale at the GC Area Theatre Awards Presentation Night, and will be available at all performances of all shows this year. At $10, it’s a terrific opportunity to throw your hat in the ring for a week on the Great White Way. Contact Spotlight on 5539 4255 or get along to any show this year to get a ticket. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!
Alice in Wonderland
will be showcased on the Players Theatre stage in Ballina as of tomorrow.