A cracker pro­duc­tion of mu­si­cal Into The Woods, some thrilling danc­ing and a dash of sparkle with Di­a­monds of Swing stand out

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOW - KATE PETERS

Dress­ing Roomers was lucky enough to catch the open­ing night of Harvest Rain’s sea­son of Into the Woods this week at QPAC’s Con­cert Hall. It was a great rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of the su­per mu­si­cal, fea­tur­ing Rhonda Burch­more as the witch, Rachel Beck as the baker’s wife and Ed­die Per­fect as the baker, sup­ported by a tal­ented, en­er­getic, well cast ensem­ble. The set was beau­ti­fully de­signed by Josh McIn­tosh to use the space with split lev­els and the mag­nif­i­cent or­ches­tra un­der the di­rec­tion of Jason Barry Smith in full view. Some stand­out char­ac­ter work from for­mer Gold Coaster Steve Hirst as Cin­derella’s Prince and Kim­ber­ley Hodg­son as Red Rid­ing Hood. Con­tin­u­ing the mo­men­tum of the 2015 se­ries of Danc­ing with the Stars, Hearts Aflame Pro­duc­tions will present its fourth an­nual Dance Spec­tac­u­lar at Tyal­gum Hall on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 17. With the his­toric vil­lage hall trans­formed into a glit­ter­ing ball­room, this year’s show will fea­ture three of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing dance­s­port cou­ples, in­tro­duced by for­mer Danc­ing with the Stars judge, Mark Wil­son. Un­de­feated Aus­tralian cham­pi­ons Jar­rod and Jayne Daw­son will show­case a glam­orous reper­toire of new vogue rou­tines and Justin and Amy Shar­rock will per­form an ex­cit­ing mix of Latin Amer­i­can and show­dance, in­clud­ing their daz­zling lindy hop. The dance sets will be com­ple­mented by op­er­atic so­prano, Pe­tah Chap­man. Pe­tah is a ris­ing star of the opera world, regularly per­form­ing as a soloist with the Queens­land Sym­phony Or­ches­tra and tour­ing with the famed Seven So­pra­nos. Din­ner and show pack­ages for the Tyal­gum Dance Spec­tac­u­lar are $75 and in­clude a twocourse pre-show din­ner at Flut­ter­bies Cot­tage Café. Show only tick­ets are $50. To book phone 0488 713 241 or visit heart­saflame­pro­duc­tions.com To­mor­row night The Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club will present Di­a­monds of Swing, a spe­cial show that cel­e­brates the history of the fe­male big band singers of the 1930s and ’40s. Held at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, the show will fea­ture the songs of Ella Fitzger­ald, Sarah Vaughan, Doris Day, Peggy Lee and Bil­lie Hol­i­day. The show stars Di Clarke and Jan Len­nard. Call 5588 4000 to book. Dress­ing Roomers is sad to hear of the dif­fi­cul­ties be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced by sev­eral of the lo­cal theatre com­pa­nies in se­cur­ing the nec­es­sary rights for 2016 play­bills. Seems sev­eral of the shows have been pub­li­cised as part of com­pa­nies’ sea­sons for next year, then have had rights with­drawn or had them be­come un­avail­able for some rea­son.

On a wider note – we hear that sev­eral big shows are ei­ther au­di­tion­ing or about to au­di­tion – Fid­dler on the Roof (star­ring An­thony War­low), Kinky Boots and My Fair Lady. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see if any lo­cals get a guernsey! Phoenix Theatre Been­leigh has re­leased its 2016 pro­gram. The stel­lar line-up in­cludes The Wed­ding Singer, Next to Nor­mal, Emer­ald City, The Lit­tle Mer­maid and Spice­fire Cabaret Fes­ti­val. All info at

phoenix­ensem­ble.com.au Yours Truly has been asked to host a fab­u­lous 18-day showbiz trip in Septem­ber next year. It in­cludes flights from Bris­bane to Lon­don for three nights (in­clud­ing two West End shows) then a seven-night trans-At­lantic cruise on Queen Mary 2 to New York for six nights on Broad­way (in­cludes three shows and en­try to three supper clubs). More info from Zep­pelin Travel, Benowa.

Rhonda Burch­more as the witch, Ed­die Per­fect as the baker and Rachael Beck as the baker's wife in

Into The Woods.

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