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It was an im­pres­sive first show of the year for Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre on Satur­day, as drama Sig­nal Driver en­thralled its au­di­ence

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS - KATE PETERS

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

Wicked,

which heads to Bris­bane next month.

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