TALENT TOWN GC
From an inspiring encounter with Rachael Beck to the impressive list of creatives set to colour GC2018, this town sure isn’t short on stars
Gold Coast Little Theatre will hold its popular Drinks with the Director on Wednesday from 6pm. The occasion celebrates their forthcoming play Wolf Lullaby, directed by Annie Lotocki. GCLT will also announce its 2017 playbill at the event and introduce the directors of next year’s shows who will talk about the productions they will stage. Yours Truly caught Rachael Beck in cabaret in Tyalgum last weekend. A full house in the local town hall followed a dinner at the nearby Flutterbies Café. Rachael’s show was terrific – and she directed many of her memories to times at the Lismore and Murwillumbah Eisteddfods where she appeared as a child. Tyalgum is a vibrant, culturally busy place with a variety of events being staged each year for a widening audience. Next up is the Tyalgum Dance Spectacular on October 22. The cast of Spotlight’s end-ofyear musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood has been announced. It includes Chris Catherwood, Sally Wood, Terri Woodfine, Stephanie Toft, Aiden Ossavani, Nathan Skaines and Lee Patterson. Still with Spotlight, which held its AGM last week and announced the 2017 playbill. It includes Rapunzel (director unknown); Saturday Night Fever directed by Clay English; Boy Band, a musical directed by Katie Stuart Robins; Jekyll and Hyde directed by Andrew Copcroft-Penman; The Planet of the Nebulans directed by Aiden Ossovani; Nine to Five directed by Jamie Watt; Take Chance on Me, a play directed by Helen Maden; and Rock of Ages directed by Matt Pearson and Tony Alcock. A new committee has been elected, with former president Duncan Sim returning from several years in Cairns to take up the role again. Director Shane Caddaye has held two days of casting for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. This big-cast musical will be on stage at GCLT in November and December. A final cast list is expected soon. Lots in rehearsal at present – Spotlight’s Breast Wishes, GCLT’s Wolf Lullaby, Javeenbah’s Songs for a New World, Neptune Theatre’s A Touch of Webber and a Side of Rice, Ballina Players’ The Given the success of the Rio Olympic Games, notwithstanding some of the controversial variations provided by some of the athletes, it will be interesting to see what comes up as entertainment during the Commonwealth Games here. We hear that the GC2018 arts and cultural program, called Generate, will extend the Games experience beyond the stadiums, transform the cultural life of the Gold Coast and provide Queenslanders with world-class participation opportunities. Artists lined up for the Generate Program so far include: Alicia Min Harvie (dance/performance), Bec Barnett and Tristan Schultz (design), Byron Coathup (visual art/design), Joy Vercoe (curator/visual art/fashion), Jason Haggerty video/ installation), Kyle Slabb and Josh Slabb ( banaam), (indigenous cultural intelligence), Meredith Elton (performance/installation/ community-engaged practices), Corrina Bonshek (composer), Nadia Sunde (children’s performance/ music) and Lisa Smith (theatre). An interesting list ...
Anticipation is building for Gold Coast Little Theatre’s Wolf Lullaby.