AIN’T IT FUNNY
Whether you check out Caroline O’Connor’s serious pipes and comedic chops or prefer a light supper over opera, this week is for you
Opening tomorrow night is Gold Coast Little Theatre’s La Musicale de Elegance, which will run August 5, 6 and 7 from 8pm, with matinees August 7 and 8 at 2pm. The musical revue will feature songs from operetta, opera and musical theatre and the $20 entry price includes afternoon tea at matinees and a light supper at the evening shows. Call the theatre on 5532 2096. Spotlight Theatre will open the Motown musical Higher and Higher the following week on August 12. Directed by Jamie Watt (former assistant to Arts Centre Gold Coast director Robert Young), with musical direction by Peter Laughton (also a veteran of Arts Centre/ Robert Young shows), it features the music of the Motown years. Tickets are selling fast – call 5539 4255. Yours Truly caught The Production Company’s Funny Girl last weekend – a 10-show sold-out season starring the incomparable Caroline O’Connor as Fanny Brice, with opera star David Hobson as Nicky Arnstein and veteran performer Nancye Hayes as Mrs Brice. It’s a superb production with some of the best music I’ve ever heard from the superlative orchestra. The Production Company stages three major shows a year, giving the country’s top talent a chance to appear in shows that may not sustain a lengthy touring season. Auditions for the next Javeenbah play have been scheduled for August 14. Helen Maden will direct The Smell of Money, written by Peter Maden. Registration and scripts are available for perusal from 1.30pm, with an open audition from 2pm. The season is November 17 to December 3. Call 5596 0300 for details. Getting closer is the Musical Theatre Workshop (acting, singing and movement) by Rachael Beck at Tyalgum Hall on August 21. This will follow her concert at the same venue the night before. If you are a budding performer or know an aspiring young star, go and learn from Australia’s leading lady of stage and screen in a fun and supportive setting. Children ages 10-18 years are welcome to join. It will be held at 1 Cudrigan St, Tyalgum, NSW from 11am-4pm. Cost is $95 including lunch. Limited places are available. Call Hearts Aflame Productions on 0488 713 241 for further details. The Association of Community Theatre is thrilled to announce that Jemma Rix will be the keynote speaker at Stagecraft 2016 at NIDA on October 1 and 2. Jemma – a former member of the Gosford Musical Society and now a leading lady – will be one of the many star speakers at ACT’s 10th community theatre Lots in rehearsal as well – Spotlight’s Higher and Higher (opening August 12), the Motown musical directed by Jamie Watt, GCLT’s Wolf Lullaby, Javeenbah’s Songs for a New World directed by Trevor Love and La Musicale de Elegance also at GCLT, directed by Roger McKenzie (opens tomorrow night). Javeenbah’s After January continues its run. Book online through each company’s site. Javeenbah Theatre has announced its 2017 Playbill Launch – to take place on August 10. All shows to be staged in 2017 will be announced and the cast of Songs for a New World will be present to provide a taste of that production. See the theatre’s site for more.
Caroline O'Connor stars in Funny Girl.