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

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 gclt­pub@gmail.com or kev­inand­noella@hot­mail.com

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.

Pic­ture: NI­COLE CLEARY

Burn the Floor dancers are pre­sent­ing Fire in the Ball­room at Jupiters Theatre

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