SUBLIME START TO SEASON
It was an impressive first show of the year for Gold Coast Little Theatre on Saturday, as drama Signal Driver enthralled its audience
Gold Coast Little Theatre opened Signal Driver on Saturday night – their first show of 2015. Written by Patrick White, it featured stalwarts Shane Caddaye, Jann Alcorn, Noel Thomson and Jacki Simmonds. Directed by Noella Johnson, this interesting piece was surprisingly short – and extremely thought-provoking for the large audience. Appropriately staged on the Australia Day weekend, the classic Aussie play was fastpaced, confidently acted and a good example of the variety and strength of this long-time local theatre company. Still with GCLT, their annual Dolphin Awards Night will be on March 29 from 7pm. Yours Truly (along with veteran actor Joel Beskin) will be presenting the awards for Outstanding Supporting Performers in a Musical, Outstanding Male Performer in a Musical and Outstanding Female Performer in a Musical. It’s always a fun night, and is open to the general public. Phone 5532 2096 for more info. Neptune Musical Productions will be holding auditions at the Tweed Civic and Cultural Centre, on Sunday for their May production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice masterpiece: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. For audition times and inquires, phone Wendy on 5536 2446 or Gill 5524 6004. Tugun Theatre Company is pleased to welcome guest director Annie Lotocki, who is currently rehearsing How the Other Half Loves by Alan Ayckbourn. Annie’s enthusiastic cast are working hard and still laughing at the dialogue. The play features three couples and a set depicting two houses, with the actors weaving between the two. There are a lot of misunderstandings with a touch of adultery thrown in. It’s quite a fast-moving comedy. Opening night is February 12 at 7.30pm followed by a three week season. To book phone 5522 4740. The Gold Coast Jazz & Blues Club open their year tomorrow night with the great Australian jazz band Galapagos Duck at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. This world-famous group can expect an enthusiastic crowd. The jazz club’s February evening will present the Marvellous Miz Demeanours, an all-girl group from Canberra. With artists including Karen Strahan, Lisa McClelland, Gaye Reid, Jill Walsh, John Hill and Ben Schumann, this looks like being a terrific night. I’ve worked with several of these gals, and am very sorry I’ll be overseas when they make their Gold Coast debut. Book on 5588 4000. Strictly Ballroom has opened to a mixed audience reaction in Melbourne, Dirty Dancing continues its successful run in Sydney, and Wicked flies into Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre in three weeks. Taking the very pregnant Lucy Durack’s role will be Suzie Mathers who did the shows in Singapore, Seoul, Auckland and Manila. She is one of two major characters who will do the Brisbane and Perth seasons – the other is our own local star, Simon Gallaher, who will replace Reg Livermore as the Wizard. Running on the Coast this week is Accomplice at Javeenbah Theatre, Signal Driver at GCLT and Alice in Wonderland at Ballina. In rehearsal this week is Out of the House, a Neptune Productions show at Tweed Heads Civic Centre, How the Other Half Loves at Tugun Village Community Centre, and Spotlight’s High School Musical. My next column will come to you from Sydney where I’ll be catching Sweet Charity at the Opera House.
Suzie Mathers as Glinda and Jemma Rix as Elphaba in
which heads to Brisbane next month.