AUSSIE DRAMA A MUST

Nerang’s Javeen­bah Theatre re­cently launched their mem­o­rable pro­duc­tion of Ho­tel Sor­rento, the story of a Mel­bourne fam­ily in cri­sis

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

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 maden4@dodo.com.au 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 phoenix­grease2015@gmail.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

Ho­tel Sor­rento,

which opened last week­end.

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