Ex­plor­ing themes of pop­u­lar­ity, first love and open­ing up to the world of arts, High School Mu­si­cal heads to Spot­light Theatre this week

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

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 juliec27@big­pond.net.au 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

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