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

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 irn­johno@tpg.com.au 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.

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