For­get the neg­a­tive re­views, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ball­room, chock full of se­quins and feath­ers, is a top treat for all ages and tastes

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

The big launch this week was for Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ball­room, which comes to Bris­bane from Septem­ber 9. I caught this in Syd­ney last year and can at­test to its ap­peal. From neg­a­tive re­views at the be­gin­ning, it’s un­der­gone a ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion. At the QPAC pre­view, we caught a glimpse of Catherine Martin’s amaz­ing cos­tumes and also got to watch a short video from Baz talk­ing about the show which oozes se­quins and feath­ers. If Mon­day night’s pre­view is any­thing to go on, the show should cater to all ages and tastes. Book now as this is a strictly limited sea­son.

Great to see some young male tap­pers be­ing given an op­por­tu­nity to work along­side the stars of Swing on This when it comes to The Gold Coast Arts Cen­tre on March 25. I caught this show at the Ade­laide Cabaret Fes­ti­val last year and it’s ter­rific. Lots of boys au­di­tioned at the Arts Cen­tre last Sun­day for a chance to work with Matt Lee, Michael Fal­zon, Luke Kennedy and Ben Min­gay.

On Tues­day Mur­willum­bah Theatre Com­pany has au­di­tions for Aus­tralian psy­cho drama Wolf Lul­laby by Hi­lary Bell. Four cast mem­bers are re­quired for per­for­mances in May and early June. Con­tact Alan­nah on 0458 178 595.

The Gold Coast City Jazz Club will present the Jack Thorn­craft Trio on March 16. Jack will present songs from his up­com­ing al­bum with his good mates Dave San­ders on drums and Steve Rus­sell on key­boards. Venue is South­port Bowls Club (south of Australia Fair shop­ping cen­tre). Tick­ets $10-$15. Book on 5531 2626 (if re­quir­ing a meal) or phone 0419 658 983.

It’s un­for­tu­nate when two theatre groups have open­ings on the same night – it’s a prob­lem the Al­liance have tried sev­eral times to fix, but in­di­vid­ual com­pa­nies are un­will­ing to change dates – un­der­stand­able in many cases given the is­sues of rights and venue avail­abil­ity. So we now face the open­ings of GCLT’s Abigail’s Party and Javeen­bah’s Play it Again, Sam on March 14 and Tweed Theatre’s Bril­liant Lies and Spot­light’s La Travi­ata on April 10. A pity, given all are af­ter good pro­mo­tion.

In re­hearsal on the Coast this week are GCLT’s Abigail’s Party, Mur­willum­bah Theatre Co’s The For­eigner, Javeen­bah Theatre’s Play It Again, Sam and Spot­light Theatre’s La Travi­ata. Run­ning at the mo­ment are Spot­light Theatre’s High School Mu­si­cal, Phoenix En­sem­ble’s The Ad­dams Fam­ily and Bal­lina Play­ers’ It’s a Won­der­ful Life opens to­mor­row night.

A life and death fish­ing adventure played in a sea of foam hits the stage at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast this month. Part of Bleach* Fes­ti­val, the Arena Theatre Com­pany pro­duc­tion is writ­ten by Damien Mil­lar and di­rected by Chris­tian Leaves­ley. It fol­lows the story of Billy Gro­gan, whose dad went fish­ing for a mar­lin two years ago and never came home. Now she lives with her grandad Tom, dreaming of the ocean and adventure while her life goes down the dunny. Then one dark and strange night, a mirac­u­lous mar­lin takes her and her grandad out past the reef, to the open ocean and the deep. Drift­ing far out to sea and into the night, the pair wres­tle with forces be­yond their con­trol in their ef­fort to save this enor­mous fish. But will ei­ther of them find their way back home?

My sub had a busy trip up to Bris­bane last Tues­day night, fight­ing traf­fic that formed au­di­ences for Wicked, Ev­ery­one Loves Lucy and the Foo Fighters con­cert (to name a few). Ev­ery­one Loves Lucy stars Elisa McCann who takes us on a nos­tal­gic look at the first lady of TV comedic leg­ends, Lu­cille Ball, and the very popular show I Love Lucy which she shared with her Cuban hus­band Desi Ar­naz. Her sweet, pitch per­fect voice and ac­cu­rate por­trayal of Lu­cille Ball is funny and heart­warm­ing. It was a de­light­ful 60 min­utes of ter­rific mu­sic, com­edy sketches and mem­o­ries.


Thomas Lacey and Phoebe Panare­tos star in

Strictly Ball­room,

which ar­rives at QPAC in Septem­ber

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