AUSSIE DRAMA A MUST
Nerang’s Javeenbah Theatre recently launched their memorable production of Hotel Sorrento, the story of a Melbourne family in crisis
Javeenbah Theatre opened the classic Australian play Hotel Sorrento last weekend. A very competent cast delivered an excellent production of this Hannie Rayson tale of a Melbourne family in crisis. It is recommended unreservedly. The Friends of the Arts Centre Gold Coast are inviting the public to join them for a high tea in the Gallery. Prior to the opening of The Border Art Prize, Friends members will be given an introduction to the works of this year’s finalists. This annual prize celebrates the diversity and abundance of artists in southeast Queensland and northeast NSW. Accomplished harpist Naomi Terashima will be providing her beautiful music. Includes a welcome beverage and a scrumptious high tea in the ambience of the gallery, Lucky door prize, raffle. Cash bar. Numbers are limited so book early. Book on 5588 4000. In rehearsal on the Gold Coast this week are GCLT’s Private Lives (Noel Coward) and Spotlight’s Legally Blonde. About to start rehearsal is Top Hat Productions’ Cocktails with Noel & Gertie. A sterling cast has been announced, featuring double Mo Award winner Kirri Adams, music theatre legend Sheila Bradley, and Yours Truly – plus Rob Horton, Martin Jennings and accompanists Marie Nicholson and David McNevin playing a variety of roles. In 2014, Harvest Rain set a world record for the largest production of Cats ever staged in the southern hemisphere. It featured more than 800 performers and was seen by more than 13,000 people. Now, Harvest Rain is set to break yet another world record by staging a major arena production of the Broadway musical Hairspray at the Brisbane Convention Centre in April, 2016. Directed and choreographed by Callum Mansfield, this production will star Simon Burke as Edna Turnblad, Christine Anu as Motormouth Maybelle, Wayne Scott Kermond as Wilbur Turnblad and Rob Mills as Corny Collins. It will also star a core cast of 30 professional performers and a large ensemble of more than 500 local performers, making it the largest production of Hairspray ever staged in the world. Auditions will be held from some time in August at
the Hayward Street Studios. Auditions will also be held for GCLT’s production of Social Climbers, directed by Helen Maden, on August 30. The play is a situation comedy about a group of high school teachers (and one reluctant daughter) who go on a hiking weekend in the Aussie Bush but quickly find themselves forced into the confines of a one-room hut due to torrential rains and a washed-out bridge. Three days in and they’re definitely not happy campers. Will the rain ever stop? Further details at gclt.com.au and for audition pieces email firstname.lastname@example.org Spotlight Theatre will open Legally Blonde – the Musical on July 31. This is the stage musical version of the highly successful film. Book on 5539 4255. Grease will be the word at Beenleigh’s Phoenix Ensemble when it opens on November 6. Directed by Frog Johnson, Grease is set to be a fun and memorable show displaying the iconic characters and memorable songs that have seen it become one of the all time greats. Auditions will be held on August 1. They’re looking for an enthusiastic and energetic cast that will bring this show to life. Send your audition request to email@example.com Dressing Roomers is sorry to hear of the cancelling/ postponement of John Frost’s Jekyll & Hyde, but understands the mercurial nature of the theatre going public – how many of us would be willing to risk millions on a show after several others have gone belly up? See you in a crowded foyer real soon!
The cast of Javeenbah Theatre's latest play
which opened last weekend.