FIRED UP ON THE FLOOR
Fabulous dancing, a locally written show, a touch of Pitch Perfect, classical music and some fine acting are on the radar this week
The “rebels of the ballroom” are bringing their avantgarde routines and dazzling costumes to Jupiters Theatre this week. Burn The Floor’s stunning new production, Fire in the Ballroom, is full of new music, elaborate sets, and costumes designed by Rome theatrical company D’inzillo. It features groundbreaking choreography from Jason Gilkison and Peta Roby. Opens tomorrow night and plays until February 21. jupitersgoldcoast.com.au
Great to see the Gold Palm Awards’ host for 2015, Valerie Lehman, as one of the inmates on I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! on TV at present. We’re sure Val will give as good as she gets.
Big opening last week was Javeenbah Theatre’s Writer’s Block, a locally written show by author Kellie Eatock (who also directed the premiere). A soldout house for opening night enthusiastically received the play, which had a strong cast with Sean Curran, Libby Bancroft, Cassidy Mackie, Emily Scanlon and Adam Hellier. At over an hour, the first half is a little long but this will probably tighten up. Kudos to Javeenbah for having the guts to present a first-time play – this cast is totally up to the delivery, although direction seemed a little static at times.
As expected, this year’s Voices In Paradise Youth Workshop & Concert is going to be bigger than ever. They’ve got the latest arrangements from Pitch Perfect 2. It’ll be on May 28 at Griffith University Gold Coast.
Local QSO guru Pam Lowery is producing Fiesta de la Musica for The Arts Centre Gold Coast this year and it will involve free lunchtime concerts on the first Thursday of each month, plus a two-week festival in September. It all starts today, with highly acclaimed Duo Armonico presenting music from the romantic era for classical guitar and cello.
Phoenix Ensemble opens its much anticipated production of The Wedding Singer tomorrow night at the Pavilion Theatre, Beenleigh. Based on the hugely popular 1998 movie, The Wedding Singer is the story of wannabe rock star/wedding singer Robbie Hart, whose belief in true love is shattered when he’s left at the altar, and Julia Sullivan, a sweet girl engaged to the wrong guy. phoenixensemble.com.au
Gold Coast Little Theatre tells Dressing Roomers that its current show West Side Story has been playing to packed houses, but there are still tickets left for the final few productions. Who’s afraid of the Virginia Woolf? is in rehearsal but the director needs to borrow a couple of items for the set: some artificial snap dragon flowers and a ceramic cigarette lighter if anyone has either items please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
This week saw the opening also of Queensland Theatre Company’s first show of the year – the fabulous play Quartet. It’s on at QPAC.
Playing this week on the Gold Coast is GCLT’s West Side Story, Phoenix Ensemble’s The Wedding Singer, Javeenbah Theatre’s Writer’s Block. In rehearsal are Tugun Theatre’s Over My Dead Body, Top Hat Productions’ Hooray for Hollywood, GCLT’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Spotlight’s Pippin. We hear the people behind Javeenbah’s recently cast Minefields and Miniskirts are keen to talk to local songstress Kirri Adams who served as an entertainer in the Vietnam War.
Burn the Floor dancers are presenting Fire in the Ballroom at Jupiters Theatre