PARTY IN SPOTLIGHT
Southport Yacht Club hosted the 60th anniversary gala of longrunning theatre group Spotlight, which has a glorious history of bringing high-quality entertainment to appreciative Coast audiences
Spotlight’s 60th anniversary gala last Saturday night was a blockbuster. A capacity crowd filled the ballroom at Southport Yacht Club to mix and mingle with old and new members of the theatre group, which has been presenting high-quality entertainment on the coast for 60 years. Ex-president Clem Halpin performed a number from The King and I (in which he starred some years ago) along with Marilyn Culell and Lachlan Baker (who began his career in Spotlight’s Kismet). All in all, a great night of nostalgia and celebration for a well-loved group. In rehearsal on the coast are Spotlight’s The Wizard of Oz, Tamborine Mountain Little Theatre’s Hearts Ablaze, GCLT’s Private Lives, Tugun’s Moonlight Serenade, Javeenbah’s Rabbit Hole and Tweed’s Songs from Broadway. Playing at Phoenix, Beenleigh, is the Taming of the Shrew and opening this week is Neptune’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Glamour, sizzling songs and colourful characters will be on offer at Queensland Performing Arts Centre with Cabaret at The Cremorne from June 11-20. Part of Queensland Cabaret Festival, it will feature a stunning line-up of local cabaret artists in a series of brand new cabaret shows. In the spotlight will be some familiar faces as well as new stars on the rise. Great to see a season of cabaret again; what a shame we don’t have something like this on the Gold Coast. The full list of artists is available at qpac.com.au The Melbourne Cabaret Festival shows for 2015 will be announced this week and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival is booking fast. With appearances by Sir Les Patterson and Dame Edna, why is that not surprising. Murwillumbah Theatre Co’s next production, the contemporary Australian psychodrama Wolf Lullaby, opens May 22. This debut play from Hilary Bell taps into the tensions, conflicts and dynamics of tight-knit communities to explore the disturbing subject of children who kill and the fine line between innocence and amorality. More information at murwillumbahtheatrecom pany.com Javeenbah Theatre’s next production is Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. The play is about a young couple who embark on a bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places, looking for a path back to the light of day. Directed by Barry Gibson, the show opens on Saturday, May 16 and runs until May 30. Special theatre party discounts are available for several performances. Email email@example.com or call 0403 810 940 for details. Dressing Roomers hears The Book of Mormon is coming to Australia. This very successful, very controversial and very naughty production will hit Melbourne later this year. It’s described as “the musical for people who hate musicals …”. It’s been running on Broadway since 2011 and is a highly sought ticket (I couldn’t get one at all last November). It will be interesting to see how we react to it; it makes fun of and generally sends up everything. Theatre dancer and actor Chloe Dallimore has been elected president of Equity. This sparkling performer will be a terrific addition to an already fine group. Gold Coast Little Theatre held its popular Drinks with the Director last Tuesday, featuring the cast and production team of Jerry’s Girls. The director and team spoke about the task of getting a major musical on stage and cast members and dancers presented three items from the show.
by David Lindsay-Abaire, opens at Javeenbah Theatre next week.