YOU CAN BE LIFE OF THE PARTY

The Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre at South­port has a cracker pro­duc­tion on at the mo­ment and you can take ad­van­tage of a spe­cial of­fer

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

Here’s a great deal – Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre in South­port are of­fer­ing two tick­ets for the price of one for tonight and to­mor­row night’s per­for­mances of Abigail’s Party. Bookings must be made through the box of­fice on 5532 2096. Doors and bar open at 7pm show starts at 8pm. An­other in­ter­est­ing con­cert com­ing up from en­tre­pre­neur Ken Ja­cobs is Sa­cred Earth. With brand new songs and many favourites, the spe­cial con­cert will be held at the Talle­budgera Val­ley Com­mu­nity Com­mu­nity Hall on May 22. You may bring your blan­kets and pil­lows or seat­ing is avail­able on first come ba­sis. This is “earth mu­sic” at its best. Tea, cof­fee, chai, cakes, light snacks, veg din­ner meals and sweets avail­able from 6pm. Spot­light Theatre’s mas­sive May 2 bash is gain­ing mo­men­tum by the day, with some ter­rific tal­ent be­ing pinned down to take part in a per­for­mance on the night. The venue is South­port Yacht Club, over­look­ing the mil­lion dollar boats. Many lo­cal favourites will be there – Matt Had­graft is com­ing up from Mel­bourne, plus Steve Hirst and Lucy McIn­tosh, Lach­lan Baker, Mar­i­lyn Cul­lel, Clem Halpin and Anne Chris­ti­son. In re­hearsal on the Coast this week are La Travi­ata at Spot­light Theatre, Jerry’s Girls at GCLT; Bril­liant Lies at Tweed Theatre Com­pany and Joseph & the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­colour Dream­coat at Nep­tune Theatre Co. Cur­rently play­ing on the Coast are Abigail’s Party at GCLT and Play it Again, Sam at Javeen­bah. A tragic sight on Sun­day af­ter­noon was the en­tire au­di­ence at GCLT’s Abigail’s Party com­ing out to a hor­ren­dous thun­der­storm. There was not an um­brella among them – at least they didn’t have to cancel the show like Phoenix did when The Ad­dams Fam­ily was hit by last

month’s storms. Still with GCLT, Abigail’s Party moves into the last week of the sea­son with au­di­ences walk­ing away beam­ing, af­ter ei­ther a walk down mem­ory lane as to how we used to en­ter­tain in the 1970s; or with dis­be­lief that we re­ally did have hair styles like that! GCLT cel­e­brates its an­nual Dol­phin Awards on Sun­day. All mem­bers of the public are wel­come to at­tend. The evening in­cludes fab­u­lous en­ter­tain­ers and a su­perb supper. Yours truly is pre­sent­ing – should be a fun night with en­ter­tain­ment and lots of net­work­ing. Au­di­tions for Roger McKen­zie’s pro­duc­tion of the Noel Cow­ard clas­sic Pri­vate Lives will be held on April 19. For more in­for­ma­tion phone Roger on 0412 667 785. The Jerry’s Girls cast has swollen by two – wel­com­ing dancers Abby March­wicki and Tea­gan Beetham. Chore­og­ra­pher An­drew Ross Gra­ham is now sur­rounded by “Andy’s Girls” as they tackle some of the best-known show tunes of all time – to­gether with a lit­tle bump and grind, tap and tongue in cheek songs. The cast of Jerry’s Girls move on to the GCLT stage next week as re­hearsals ramp up for this won­der­ful mu­si­cal re­view of Jerry Her­man’s work. It is glam­our mixed with glitz and high class per­for­mances. It opens May 16 for five weeks. A long day af­ter a Morn­ing Melodies show pre­vented me from at­tend­ing the open­ing night of Har­vest Rain’s Pi­rates of Pen­zance last Fri­day. From all re­ports it was sen­sa­tional, show­cas­ing one of the most ex­cit­ing casts for years. Big win­ner with the au­di­ence on the night was TV’s An­drew O’Keefe, but we hear there were also six Bris­bane Con­ser­va­to­rium stu­dents in the en­sem­ble. Har­vest Rain is now fully pro­fes­sional, giv­ing lots of per­form­ers in Bris­bane the op­por­tu­nity to do paid work. What a shame we haven’t got a pro­fes­sional com­pany on the Coast.

Natalie Camp­bell, Amy-Louise An­der­son, Michael Denny and Peter Mad­den (back) star in GCLT's new play Abigail's Party.

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