Got a han­ker­ing for the spot­light? Head to Tyal­gum to pick up some tricks of the trade from one of the­atre’s finest pro­fes­sion­als

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

This week­end is Hearts Aflame’s stag­ing of Rachael Beck in Con­cert at the Flut­ter­bies Café, Tyal­gum, fol­lowed the next day by her Mu­sic The­atre Work­shop (for 10- to 18-yearolds). As­pir­ing per­form­ers book by call­ing 0488 713 241 to learn from a pro. Last week­end’s QLD Pops Orches­tra fea­tur­ing Rhonda Burch­more and stu­dents from the Con­ser­va­to­rium’s Mu­sic The­atre course was ter­rific. Lo­cal per­former Court­ney Mon­sma was cen­tre stage in a West Side Story med­ley and El­liot Baker per­form­ing “Love Changes Ev­ery­thing” was su­perb. As con­duc­tor Pa­trick Pick­ett said: “The fu­ture of mu­si­cal the­atre is in very good hands with th­ese stu­dents.” The Con­cert Hall was booked out, and their next show, The Best of the Pops, on Oc­to­ber 8 is the final one for the year. Well worth the trip up the M1. The other big show last week was Spot­light’s Higher & Higher, which opened to a packed house on Fri­day night. Di­rec­tor Jamie Watt per­formed many of the more than 50 Mo­town songs, aided by four back­ing singers and four dancers. The band was en­thu­si­as­tic and the light­ing ex­cel­lent. Runs un­til Septem­ber 3. Call 5539 4255. Dress­ing Roomers is sad to an­nounce the pass­ing of Paul Flana­gan, one of The Flana­gans, the enor­mously suc­cess­ful vo­cal group from the ‘60s who were reg­u­lars on Brian Hen­der­son’s Band­stand, The Don Lane Show, 6 O’Clock Rock and nu­mer­ous other TV shows around Aus­tralia. Paul and his sis­ter Mar­garet were look­ing for­ward to at­tend­ing the MO Awards this week where they were to be hon­oured. Di­rec­tor He­len Maden has an­nounced the cast of her forth­com­ing show, The Smell of Money. Libby Ban­croft, Peter Maden, Lil­ias Davie, James Wal­lace, Sean Cur­ran, Pa­trick Mon­teith and Brett Neale will all fea­ture come Novem­ber. The show is writ­ten by Peter Maden, who also wrote On Air! On Air! The Arts Cen­tre’s next Morn­ing Melodies show is Miss Mandy Swings. A six-piece band and swing dancers will pay trib­ute to Ella Fitzger­ald, Doris Day, Liza Min­nelli and more. Be­gins Septem­ber 13 at 11am with morn­ing tea served from 10.15am. Call 5588 4000. Tweed The­atre Com­pany will present The Princess and the Pea from Septem­ber 24. The sto­ry­line – Queen Mar­gareter and King Mar­maduke are wor­ried that their son, Prince Alexan­der, is lonely. They de­cide to hold a royal ball, invit­ing all the el­i­gi­ble princesses from sur­round­ing King­doms to come and meet Alexan­der. To en­sure he makes the cor­rect de­ci­sion and chooses a “true Princess”, the Queen con­spires with the royal sor­cer­ess, plac­ing a tiny pea un­der her 12 mat­tresses. Only a true Princess will be un­able to man­age with­out the pea dis­turb­ing her sleep.Runs for three week­ends as 2pm mati­nees on Satur­day and Sun­day. Adults $15 and chil­dren $7. Call 1800 674 414. Lots on in re­hearsal as well – Spot­light’s Breast Wishes, GCLT’s Wolf Lul­laby, Javeen­bah’s Songs for a New World and Bal­lina’s Pa­trick Pearse Mo­tel. The Gold Coast Phil­har­monic Orches­tra will present their an­nual con­cert on Sun­day from 2.30pm at Robina Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. It’s a Cham­ber Mu­sic Event star­ring for­mer Gold Coaster Ste­wart Kelly who is recog­nised as one of Aus­tralia’s most gifted pi­anists. He is joined by Jessica Walther. A keen cham­ber mu­sic per­former, Jessica will play works by Per­il­hou, CPE Bach and Rim­sky-Kor­sakov’s much-loved “Flight of the Bum­ble­bee”. Call 5539 6076. Ad­mis­sion for se­niors $10. Com­pli­men­tary re­fresh­ments pro­vided at in­ter­val. En­joy a good old belly laugh? Then you don’t want to miss the wicked wit, wis­dom and wise­cracks of the Two Ger­rys; Mr Gerry-Atrics (Alan Young­son) and Mr Merry Gerry (Richard Du­daniec) and the lyrics of The Bab­bling Trill­billys (Janet Find­lay and Joy Win­nel). Join them on their live jovial jour­ney, Adventure be­fore De­men­tia, to be held at the Kingston But­ter Fac­tory The­atre, on Wed­nes­day and next Thurs­day, Au­gust 25, at 11am. Call Alan on 0499 089 998 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Rachel Beck is of­fer­ing as­pir­ing young per­form­ers the chance to learn some tricks of the trade.

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