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
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.