BECK’S A CLASS ACTOR
Got a hankering for the spotlight? Head to Tyalgum to pick up some tricks of the trade from one of theatre’s finest professionals
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.