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
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 email@example.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
despite being injured in a car accident.