OLIVER WITH A TWIST
It’s a quiet weekend for local theatre scene. If you’re after some fresh action, head south to catch Ballina Players’ latest musical offering
In rehearsal on the Gold Coast at present are GCLT’s Private Lives (Noel Coward), Tweed Theatre Company’s Songs from Broadway and Javeenbah’s Hotel Sorrento. Currently playing are GCLT’s Jerry’s Girls (last weekend), and opening tomorrow night is Ballina Players’ Oliver. A quiet week for theatre on the Coast, with only Jerry’s Girls at GCLT playing. The big opening for this week is The Arts Centre’s Miss Saigon, which will be enhanced by food stalls in the courtyard and lots of Asian atmosphere. Director Brad Rush will then go on to organising the Glitter Festival, a brand new initiative for the Gold Coast and one which will doubtless excite a whole new demographic. Tacos and Tiaras warms up the start of the week, with a little cheeky fun on September 29 at Stingray at QT Gold Coast. Glitter Race Day is set for October 3 and is destined to be one of the hottest event tickets on the Coast. On October 4, it’s time to lace up your sneakers (or grab your pumps!), gather your friends, family or pooch and participate in the first ever Pride Run Gold Coast. More
info when it comes in. It’s a small world – I’m in Adelaide at the Cabaret Festival and have just run into Heidi Piper (nee Errett) who worked for me in Canberra 20 years ago, now married to Andrew Piper, one of the members of The Idea of North. Andrew’s brother is David Piper, currently musical director of Miss Saigon, about to open at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. I sat immediately in front of David’s parents at Peter and Jack – Barry Humphries’ tribute to the great Australian baritone Peter Dawson and Jack O’Hagan, the composer of The Road to Gundagai and Our Don Bradman. Six degrees and all that. Dressing Roomers is sad to hear of the passing of one of the Coast’s most popular and accomplished young performers – Amanda Prosser. I first met Amanda when she was playing Lily St Regis in Robert Young’s production of Annie in 1999 – she then went on to a professional career both in Australia and overseas. Her many friends will feel the sad loss – RIP Amanda. Queensland Theatre Company is set to wave a very loving farewell to artistic director Wesley Enoch following his appointment as festival director of the Sydney Festival. A leading voice for theatre, the arts and particularly indigenous arts in Australia, Enoch’s Sydney Festival appointment is another major coup for Queensland talent. For more than 25 years, Into The Woods has been enchanting audiences of all ages – first as a Tony Award winning musical on Broadway, then in critically acclaimed productions across the globe, and most recently as a Golden Globe-winning movie musical. Now, this timeless masterpiece comes to QPAC for the first time, featuring Rachael Beck as the Baker’s Wife, Rhonda Burchmore as the Witch and Eddie Perfect as the Baker. The season runs for one weekend only in October. The 2015 Helpmann Awards is set to sizzle with the starstudded announcement of this year’s ceremony host and performances. Live Performance Australia (LPA) has today announced previous Helpmann Awards winner Todd McKenney as the host. The 2015 Helpmann Awards will be held at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on July 27 on the set of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables and broadcast live on Foxtel Arts. I’ve seen seven shows since Friday night here in Adelaide, with another two to go before I fly home. It has to be one of the most polished, varied and fun weekends of the year – with megastar Barry Humphries bringing “real cabaret” back to the festival centre. World-class acts like Meow Meow, Karrin Allyson and Teddy Tahu Rhodes have made for a rich and totally satisfying experience. Humphries’ tribute to Peter Dawson and Jack O’Hagan played to a full house in the big theatre, revelling in his narrations of life in the late 1800s and the glory days of radio. The Tap Pack, a group of the best tappers I’ve ever seen, features three Gold Coast boys – Christopher Horsey, Sean Mulligan and Jesse Rasmussen. They are simply superb. The Adelaide Cabaret Festival runs for two more weekends – if you can, get down to see one of the dozens of shows on offer during this world-class event. Barry Humphries, at 81, has brought a whole new energy to this year’s event, and brings a raw and compelling entertainment genre to life again.
Dodger (Sam Green) introduces Oliver (Landon Broadley) in Ballina Players' production of