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

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

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.

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