CLAS­SICS FOR CITY

The Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre brings the 1930s to life and in re­hearsal there’s a lot more nos­tal­gia on the way across the Coast

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

This week’s big open­ing was Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s Pri­vate Lives, the clas­sic Noel Cow­ard play which launched Lau­rence Olivier’s West End ca­reer. Di­rec­tor Roger McKen­zie has as­sem­bled a hard­work­ing cast to bring this ever-pop­u­lar piece to a new gen­er­a­tion. A work­able set (in­clud­ing a baby grand pi­ano) cre­ates the 1930s at­mos­phere, and sev­eral of Cow­ard’s songs are used to cre­ate the mood. While some of the cast seemed ex­ces­sively Aus­tralian in their de­liv­ery, it was an en­joy­able evening and will be a pop­u­lar sea­son for GCLT’s au­di­ences.

It’s not long now un­til Short+Sweet Fes­ti­val graces the stage with its fast-paced, ac­tion packed cabaret. This sexy, funny, sur­pris­ing, and un­pre­dictable form of en­ter­tain­ment has had fans ea­gerly await­ing its ar­rival and is set to be yet another head turner come Au­gust. On Satur­day nights dur­ing the Short+Sweet Fes­ti­val au­di­ences are en­cour­aged to stay up late in The Base­ment for sul­try singing, cheeky com­edy and bold bur­lesque – all in bite-sized pieces so you don’t ruin your ap­petite.

Another show re­cently an­nounced for The Arts Cen­tre’s Base­ment is Two Red­heads in Search of a Match. It’s the long-awaited cabaret

Legally Blonde The Mu­si­cal

stars Heidi Enchel­maier, James Watt (left) and Josh Lovell.

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