CLASSY COMEDY OPENS
New productions set for a run on the Gold Coast include GCLT’s Abigail’s Party, a lighthearted look at British culture of the 1970s
Opening Saturday night is Gold Coast Little Theatre’s Abigail’s Party, a black comedy by Mike Leigh which follows the aspirations and tastes of the new middle class that emerged in Britain in the 1970s. Also opening with a preview night tomorrow is Javeenbah Theatre’s Play It Again, Sam –a Woody Allen play about a neurotic film critic who is trying to get over his wife. This week The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s launches an inclusive new festival which celebrates all things gay. The week-long arts and culture extravaganza starts September 28 and includes cabaret, theatre, art gallery displays and films. There’s a race day planned at the Gold Coast Turf Club which is destined to become a signature event. There’ll also be a marketta around The Arts Centre lake with live performers and street vendors. Gold Coast-based LGBT performing artists are encouraged to contact Brad Rush on 5588 4018 or email@example.com In rehearsal on the Coast this week are Spotlight Theatre’s La Traviata, GCLT’s Jerry’s Girls, Tweed Theatre Company’s Brilliant Lies and Neptune Theatre Co’s Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Currently playing on the Coast are Murwillumbah Theatre Co’s The Foreigner, Spotlight Theatre’s High School Musical, Phoenix Ensemble’s The Addams Family, Ballina Players’ It’s a Wonderful Life and Beenleigh Theatre Group’s The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. As promised Voices In Paradise will be bigger than ever this year. The workshop will be held at Griffith University Gold Coast and the concert will be held at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. You will not want to miss this one of a kind event this year. This is the one time where you will get to see all of the performers and ensembles in concert. Registrations close April 23. Phone 0407 933 305. Veteran director Joan Stalker Brown is directing Hotel Sorrento, a classic Australian play by Hannie Rayson. She’s looking for a young male actor to play the part of Troy. Age group is 16-18 and the part is an excellent one for a young actor and is a pivotal role in the play. The cast’s first rehearsal will be at Javeenbah Theatre at 10am April 12. Performance dates are Friday July 10-25. Interested? Contact director Joan StalkerBrown on 5543 5696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Yours Truly is also looking for one more female dancer for the ensemble of Jerry’s Girls. It’s a glamorous, tuneful show, lots of fabulous music and a great cast of leading ladies. Leads are Kirri Adams, Elisa James, Deborah Leigh Russell, Olivia Burke and Katrina Lardner. Please call myself, Kate Peters, on 5539 6456 or email email@example.com for info on rehearsal dates and performances. Also auditioning is the Arts Centre for their June production of Ms Saigon. We hear director Brad Rush will visit Vietnam soon to breathe in the atmosphere ... just watch the moped fumes! Full casting call and registration information can be found at theartscentregc.com.au/opport unities/auditions Yours Truly had an interesting call this week from the director of “an old-fashioned production company” who is co-producing the development of a new play for teens called The Game (written by awardwinning writer/performer bradleymccaw.com). They are currently looking to connect with local actors in the Gold Coast area to give them the opportunity to audition and work with their director Lewis Jones (who has extensive national and international credits). A free reading of the play will be presented on March 28. More info on 0416 187 332. For those interested in a little drive into the country, Top Hat Productions are staging their 2014 hit show Let’s Misbehave – a 1920s Jazz Age Party, at Boonah Cultural Centre on Friday week, March 20, for Morning Melodies at 11am. Come on up and say good day! See you in a crowded foyer real soon!
Michael Denny and Amy-Louise Anderson (front) with Natalie Campbell and Peter Madden (back) in