SETTLE IN FOR A LAUGH
Kiwi comedy act The Laughing Samoans are bringing their character-driven brand of family-friendly humour to the Gold Coast
This column comes to you from the leafy Indonesian island of Lombok, where yours truly is soaking up some Asian culture ... Great to see ex-Gold Coast performer Danny McMasters rocking the room with his impersonations on-board. Don’t miss the latest offering from Kiwi comedy act The Laughing Samoans. Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepulea’i are set to bring their show Fink About It, which the whole family can enjoy, to The Arts Centre Gold Coast tomorrow night. It’s a unique and very popular brand of comedy. In Spotlight Theatre’s last show for 2015, its 60th anniversary year, Nick Enright’s The Boy from Oz shamelessly stirs oversentimentality with glitz. The show is a celebration of the musical career as lived by singer/songwriter Peter Allen (played enthusiastically by Jonathan Whitlow). Who, you might ask? As the old saying goes, you might not know the name, but you know his music. He was a born entertainer from Australia who went for the brass ring and found it when he impressed Judy Garland (played by Jacy Moore who stepped in three weeks before opening). Judy brought him to America where he performed and wrote music and married the boss’ daughter, Liza Minnelli (Daniela Martiri). Soon enough, the couple divorced, and Allen came out of the closet, hooked up with his true love, Gregory Connell (Jordan Briggs), and achieved stardom of his own, recording albums and performing in clubs and cabarets, embracing the gay culture liberated in the ’60s. The final lot of tickets for Spotlight’s monster raffle will be sold during their final season of The Boy from Oz. It’s a terrific prize – a trip for two to New York for six nights, flights and accommodation and transfers. Call 5539 4255 to get yours, or grab one from the ticket sellers at each performance. Lots of shows coming up to finish 2015. Tugun’s Noises Off by Michael Freyn (directed by Gillian Rawlings) opens in November, Javeenbah Theatre’s The Game’s Afoot (directed by Jim Dickson) opens on November 14 and GCLT’s Social Climbers opens on November 21. In rehearsal is Tamborine Mountain Little Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Check all info on the individual companies’ websites. Well-loved artistic director of the Queensland Theatre Company, Wesley Enoch, is about to leave to take up a new position in Sydney. He was farewelled last week. There are only limited tickets left for the cabaret show Two Redheads in Search of a Match (yours truly and double-Mo Award-winner Kirri Adams with David McNeven on piano) at the Basement, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, on November 21. Call 5588 4000 to book final seats. With only six weeks until the Voices In Paradise’s Christmas workshop and concert, people are being urged to register. All registrants need to learn three songs, which were picked by musical director Jonathan Albertini and are guaranteed to impress. It’s an opportunity to sing with The Blenders and Coastal Charisma in concert, sharing the stage with more than 150 singers. Ikin Dance and Aerial Angels are presenting a night of elite dance and aerial prowess next week. The show combines the graduates of the Ikin Dance fulltime course and the Aerial Angels pro course. Both studios are well known and reputable dance and aerial studios here on the Gold Coast. There’s a special guest solo performance by Lauren Seymour, star of So You Think You Can Dance and The Dream Dance Company’s production Genesis! The concert will be held on November 5 at 7.30pm, at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Book on 5588 4000.
Tofiga Fepulea'i (left) and Eteuati Ete, The Laughing Samoans, in their show
Fink About It.