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

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

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 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 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 tau­rus28@op­tus­ 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.

Rab­bit Hole,

by David Lind­say-Abaire, opens at Javeen­bah Theatre next week.

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