SHOWS MUST GO ON
Theatre performances currently face a pretty competitive schedule, having to vie against each other and quite a few non-theatric events
An interesting time at the moment for anyone staging a show on the Coast – this weekend featured shows at Javeenbah, Spotlight, Gold Coast Little Theatre, Tugun and Ballina – plus two boat shows, a major football match and Blues on Broadbeach … seems like everyone is after the disposal dollar. Still with Javeenbah, Dressing Roomers sends well wishes to one of the leads in Rabbit Hole – it seems popular actress Del Halpin had a fall last Wednesday night. She is now performing wearing an elastic bandage around her left ankle with her right foot in a huge moon boot and using a crutch. Cast members are assisting her with movement. But the show went on. In August, Brisbane company shake & stir theatre promise there will be blood. The company will present Bram Stoker’s gothic masterpiece Dracula, swooping into the Cremorne Theatre QPAC from August 13. The company is in their fifth year copresenting with QPAC, a partnership that brings to life the commitment the centre has to supporting local companies. Book now via qpac.com.au or call 136 246. The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra will present The Orchestra’s Biggest Evening Supper, an open rehearsal tonight from 8pm to 9.30pm at the Gold Coast Orchestra Centre, Community Drive, Ashmore. As part of the Queensland Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea event, hear the orchestra rehearse pieces from the upcoming Carnival concert program, and join the musicians for complimentary refreshments afterwards. All donations made during the evening will go directly to the Queensland Cancer Council. Admission is free but book at goldcoastphilharmonic.com Fiesta de la Musica continues with renowned pianist and composer Benjamin Martin appearing in both The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s After Dark event Composing Art tonight from 6pm and Master with Class, a recital and masterclass in the Gallery tomorrow from 6.30pm. Composing Art is a free event featuring new compositions inspired by the works of art in the gallery. Master with Class is a ticketed event at $15 and can be booked at The Arts Centre Gold Coast website. Fiesta concludes with the Mason & Hamlin piano recital on Saturday evening featuring Natasha Vlassenko and our Gold Coast’s top young musicians performing on Sunday afternoon at 1pm. For the many cruise enthusiasts on the Coast, Australia’s leading music themed charter company, Choose Your Cruise, has announced a one-off headline appearance by music theatre star Anthony Warlow. It will be on board Bravo! which departs Sydney to the South Pacific for eight nights in October. This is an exciting addition to the stellar Bravo! line-up which features an accomplished selection of artists traversing classical, musical theatre, opera and much more. For details, visit chooseyourcruise.com.au or call 1300 247 371. Sounds like a great cruise. Queensland Cabaret Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse and Enda Markey will present Geraldine Turner in Turner’s Turn on June 12. Geraldine Turner is a true icon of Australian show business. Throughout a career that spans four decades, she has earned her place in the Australian Theatre as one of this country’s most legendary leading ladies. Unfortunately, it’s also the opening night of The Arts Centre’s Miss Saigon – hopefully they’ll do another show sometime. Book on 3358 8600 or brisbanepowerhouse.org Speaking of Miss Saigon, The Arts Centre gave a little peak at the upcoming show on Tuesday night. It looks to be a winner, with some great sounds coming from the stars, and lots of hype around for this fabulous show. In rehearsal on the Gold Coast at present are GCLT’s Private Lives and Tweed Theatre Company’s Songs from Broadway. Playing currently are GCLT’s Jerry’s Girls, Javeenbah’s Rabbit Hole, Spotlight’s The Wizard of Oz and Tugun’s Moonlight Serenade. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!
Dana White stars as Dorothy in Spotlight Theatre's
The Wizard of Oz.