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

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

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.

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