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

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

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.

Pic­ture: BIG MARK PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Tofiga Fepulea'i (left) and Eteuati Ete, The Laugh­ing Samoans, in their show

Fink About It.

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