SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS
An all-singing, all-dancing celebration of one of the richest periods in musical history, Higher and Higher is set to open at Spotlight Theatre
Spotlight Theatre will open the Motown musical Higher and Higher tomorrow night. Tickets are selling fast, so call 5539 4255 to get yours. Auditions will be held this Sunday for GCLT’s final show of the year, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which is a big Broadway musical with a big cast to match. Contact director Shane Caddaye at firstname.lastname@example.org for all the info. Let’s hope the company can find the large number of people needed for this one – it’s slim pickings cast-wise out there at present. Where is everybody? Javeenbah Theatre in Nerang launched its new playbill last night. Known for its productions of new and Australian works, and others that are a little different, the theatre will next year produce Night Mother, a dramatic twohander directed by the awardwinning Barry Gibson; Sweet Road, a drama/comedy directed by Gaye Gay; the romantic drama The Kingfisher, directed by Nathan Schulz; the black comedy Billy Liar directed by Dawn China; I Remember You, which is a musical revue devised by Gai Byrne; and finally Obsession, a light comedy written and directed by Kellie Eatock, a local who directed Writer’s Block earlier this year. javeenbah.org.au Phoenix Theatre in Beenleigh also announced its 2017 playbill last week – the first theatre in the region to do so. It’s a fabulous lineup. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will show in February; Annie in April/May; La Cage Aux Folles in July/ August; and Heathers – The Musical in October/November. It’s a great selection with lots of options for local performers and audiences alike. phoenixensemble.com.au Spotlight normally announces its playbill at the AGM, which this year is Tuesday. There’s no info yet on GCLT’s launch date but plans for its Christmas show, Baubles & Bubbles, are well under way with a sensational cast locked in already. It will be held on December 17. Auditions for the next Javeenbah play have been scheduled for Sunday. Helen Maden will direct The Smell of Money, written by Peter Maden. Registration and scripts available for perusal from 1.30pm with an open audition commencing at 2pm. The season will run from November 17 to December 3. Call 5596 0300. La Musicale d’Elegance, a musical review with songs from operetta, opera and musical theatre, was presented over four shows last weekend at GCLT. A late inclusion following several drop-out shows due to casting issues, the production drew decent crowds. Mary Walters was on stage most of the time, with cellist/pianist David McNeven taking over now and then. Unfortunately Marilyn Cullel was absent due to a back injury, so her songs were handled by other perfomers. The events of one evening of adultery in an Irish suburb form the plot of The Patrick Pearse Motel, the hilarious latest production from the Ballina Players. Written by Hugh Leonard and directed by Sue Belsham, the show will be staged at the Players Theatre from September 9 to 18. Book online at ballinaplayers.com.au Matt Baker, Sydney born and bred and a devotee of the piano style of jazz legend Oscar Peterson, flew to New York in 2002 with the express intent of hearing every set by Peterson during a week-long engagement at the Blue Note. During that week Matt sat as close as he could get to the stage, drinking it all in. Peterson befriended the wellmannered youngster and remained Matt’s friend and mentor for the remainder of his life. At The Arts Centre Gold Coast on August 26, Matt Baker will launch his new album, Almost Blue, accompanied by his trio and Brisbane-based singer Ingrid James. Call 5529 6562 or see theartscentregc.com.au, goldcoastjazzclub.com There’s lots going on in rehearsal as well – GCLT’s Wolf Lullaby, Javeenbah’s Songs for a New World and Spotlight’s Breast Wishes. Show-wise it’s a busy time too. I’m off to QPAC to see Rhonda Burchmore perform with the Queensland Pops Orchestra on Saturday afternoon while the following weekend is Rachael Beck’s cabaret show at the Flutterbies Café in Tyalgum. The following day her musical theatre workshop goes off while the weekend after is Phoenix Theatre’s Hairspray Jr. The first weekend in September sees Blanc de Blanc show at Brisbane’s Spiegeltent and Ballet Preljocaj’s exclusive Brisbane opening night of Snow White.
Michelle Ford stars in Higher and Higher at Spotlight Theatre.