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

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

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 shane­gold­coast@out­look.com 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.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Osso­vani

Michelle Ford stars in Higher and Higher at Spot­light Theatre.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.