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

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

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 rush@thearts­cen­tregc.com.au 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 stalk­erbrown@hot­mail.com 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 pe­ter­slk@iprimus.com.au 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

Abigail's Party.

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