TALENT READY TO HIT HEIGHTS
Exploring themes of popularity, first love and opening up to the world of arts, High School Musical heads to Spotlight Theatre this week
The big opening this week is Spotlight Theatrical Company’s
High School Musical.
Directed and choreographed by Clay English, it has musical direction by Liam Cruz. I played Ms Darbus in this show at the Arts Centre under Robert Young’s direction and I can tell you, it ain’t an easy one! It will be interesting to see how the director handles this iconic piece; I’ve watched him develop from a young chorus dancer to a featured artiste, and now to a director and choreographer. The show opens tomorrow and plays until to March 14. Visit spotlighttheatre.com.au or phone 5539 4255. Queensland Theatre Company’s next blockbuster,
Mother & Son, opens on Saturday at the Playhouse, QPAC, in Brisbane. Written by Geoffrey Atherden, the stage show is a spin-off from the very successful TV series starring Ruth Cracknell and Gary McDonald and Henry Szeps. It will have a short season at The Arts Centre Gold Coast afterwards. Yours Truly received an invitation from The Arts Centre Gold Coast to attend the unveiling of a fabulous new arts and cultural festival which celebrates all things gay on the glitter strip. The interesting event will be held at QT Gold Coast on March 12. Still with the Arts Centre, the Queensland Theatre Company’s exquisite production of Boston Marriage arrives this weekend. Alongside the fabulous cast, the play stars a veritable frock fest on stage. The cast don stunning custom-designed period costumes from the talents of Stephen Curtis, one of Australia’s leading stage and costume designers. In the 1940s radio plays were as popular as movies and their stars were feted like movie stars. The old favourite comedy-drama It’s a
Wonderful Life has novelty appeal in Ballina Players production with the visual impact of live actors combined with the sound effects of a radio play. Crowd noises and voices created by characters are combined with music to create the atmosphere of New York in the ‘40s. It’s a Wonderful Life is the story of George Bailey (Dylan Wheeler), an ordinary man with big dreams. He sees these dreams squashed as he puts others before himself. Directed by Mike Sheehan, it opens at Players Theatre on March 6. Book at ballinaplayers.com.au or phone 02 6686 2440. The next popular Tweed Links Music Club Concert features Sarsha Mortimer, Jordan Foster and Escapade, with the Tweed Links Quartet and Bob Green. It will be held at 2pm on March 1 at the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club Main Auditorium. Auditions for Gold Coast Little Theatre’s musical Jerry’s Girls will be held on Saturday at the theatre. The director is looking for five experienced actor/singer/dancers, who can all hold the stage alone. Email email@example.com to find out more.
Javeenbah Theatre is preparing to open Woody Allen’s quirky play that inspired the famous film of the same name, Play It Again Sam. The play follows the life of Allan Felix, a recent divorce whose awkward interactions with women have forced him to rely on the advice of his hero, Humphrey Bogart. Told through a series of hilarious fantasy sequences, Allan’s hero Bogart comes to the rescue with a fantastic bevy of beauties. Roger McKenzie directs. Tony Sheldon, Australia’s own Tony award nominee, returns to Australia for an innovative revival of Man of La Mancha. One of the most enduring and beloved musicals of all time,
Man of La Mancha spins the tale of political prisoner Miguel de Cervantes (Sheldon) and his manservant (Ross Chisari). In the dungeons of the Spanish Inquisition, they must convince their fellow inmates of their innocence using only the contents of their cell, escaping into a world of fantasy and imagination to become the heroic knight Don Quixote de La Mancha and his loyal squire Sancho Panza. If they fail, they risk losing everything. The show will be staged for four weeks only from Wednesday night at the Reginald Theatre in Sydney.
Brock Dunstan, Phillip Maas, Bryn Jenke, Boston Shields and Marcus du Toit star in High School Musical.
Photo: David Reynolds