DRAMA OFF THE STAGE

Prob­lems with li­cens­ing a mu­si­cal based on a Charles Dick­ens novel has forced Spot­light Theatre to shake up their pro­duc­tion sched­ule

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

Spot­light Theatre have had to re­ar­range their 2015 pro­gram due to per­for­mance li­cens­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. Seems the ad­ver­tised The Mys­tery of Ed­win Drood has had to be canned, mak­ing way for a sec­ond sea­son of The Boy from Oz (it was last done there five years ago). The show will be di­rected by Tony Al­cock, with as­sis­tant direc­tor Brad Ken­drick and Matt Pear­son as mu­si­cal direc­tor. Au­di­tions will be held July 19 – all info to come via spot­lightthe­atre.com.au For all po­ten­tial di­rec­tors and mu­si­cal di­rec­tors of mu­si­cal theatre, The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast is hold­ing a two-hour mu­si­cal di­rect­ing mas­ter­class with Miss Saigon’s mu­si­cal direc­tor David Piper. It will be held on June 17 from 4-6pm. Tick­ets to the work­shop are $55, while ac­cess to both work­shop and a seat for Miss Saigon is $100. Call 5588 4000 for de­tails. Fol­low­ing on from the piece about Del Halpin’s ac­ci­dent in last week’s col­umn, Dress­ing Roomers hears that Katrina Lard­ner, one of the leads in GCLT’s Jerry’s Girls, was in­volved in a three-car crash last Fri­day morn­ing. In spite of a cracked ster­num (caused it seems by the seat belt which pre­vented her fly­ing through the wind­screen), she played all the shows at the week­end and will take the next few days to rest up. Troop­ers all. Dress­ing Roomers hears lo­cal theatre prac­ti­tioner and writer Anna Wa­ters-Massey has a new web se­ries called Stage Mums (stage­mums.com). Anna and Tara Page play the two Stage Mums char­ac­ters, Shaz and Trace who take a look at the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try in a very tongue-in-cheek, opin­ion­ated man­ner – think Kath & Kim, Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous and Dance Moms all rolled into one. Many Gold Coast mums are hav­ing a huge gig­gle at th­ese two as they recog­nise so many peo­ple in the char­ac­ters. The first sea­son has been build­ing a loyal au­di­ence on YouTube, gain­ing world­wide views from more than 40 coun­tries. All cast and crew have do­nated their tal­ents as they be­lieve strongly in the project which is get­ting some great feed­back from in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als. They fin­ished film­ing sea­son two of Stage Mums last week and cre­ated an indiegogo crowd fund­ing cam­paign this week to help take them to the next level. More info on wa­ter­sworks@big­pond.com In re­hearsal on the Gold Coast at present are GCLT’s Pri­vate Lives (Noel Cow­ard), Tweed Theatre Com­pany’s Songs from Broad­way and The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast’s Miss Saigon. Play­ing cur­rently are GCLT’s Jerry’s Girls (two more weeks), Spot­light’s The Wiz­ard of Oz (fi­nal week) and Bal­lina Play­ers’ Oliver. I will be trav­el­ling to Ade­laide next week­end to sam­ple the de­lights of the Ade­laide Cabaret Fes­ti­val, which is un­der the artis­tic di­rec­tion of the bril­liant Barry Humphries. The choices are huge with Mel­bourne host­ing its own Cabaret Fes­ti­val and Bris­bane fol­low­ing on, it’s hoped that some of th­ese fab­u­lous shows will make their way to the Gold Coast in time. Seems to me there’s a real hunger for din­ner-theatre, cabaret and small au­di­ence en­ter­tain­ment – watch this space for one such show in early re­hearsal for later in the year from two of the Coast’s best tal­ents.

Katrina Lard­ner (cen­tre) sol­diered on in Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre's

Jerry's Girls

de­spite be­ing in­jured in a car ac­ci­dent.

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