Siz­zling circus shows, a stel­lar Broad­way sea­son and scores of lo­cal hap­pen­ings to keep you en­ter­tained – theatre’s going strong

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

This week­end I’m off to see the Bris­bane Fes­ti­val’s Blanc de Blanc at the Spiegel­tent South­bank and the Bal­let Preljo­caj’s Snow White. In the mean­time, wel­come to spring! This is new-show sea­son on Broad­way and this year they’ll in­clude Hol­i­day Inn: The New Irv­ing Berlin Mu­si­cal; The Front Page (star­ring Nathan Lane); Falset­tos; A Bronx Tale (di­rected by Robert De Niro); The Master Builder (star­ring Ralph Fi­ennes and Sarah Snook); The Present (star­ring Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh); The Glass Me­nagerie (star­ring Sally Field) and the long-awaited Hello, Dolly! star­ring the iconic Bette Mi­dler and David Hyde Pierce. Fa­so­lati, a choir founded four years ago by lo­cal mu­si­cal theatre iden­tity Mary Wal­ters and some of her singing friends, is looking for new mem­bers. Mary says the Fa­so­lati reper­toire is eclec­tic, rang­ing from clas­si­cal and sa­cred to jazz, bal­lads and mu­sic from the ‘60s. A friendly and so­cial group, Fa­so­lati meets each Wed­nes­day at 6.30pm at the Ital­ian Club, Fair­ways Drive, Clear Is­land Wa­ters. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Mary on 0412 458 517. Coming up at Bris­bane’s Twelfth Night Theatre in Bowen Hills is Donna Lee’s trib­ute to Pe­tula Clark – The Pe­tula Clark Story. Two shows are ad­ver­tised – Oc­to­ber 22 at 2.00pm and 7.30pm. Call the theatre di­rect on 3252 5122 for more in­for­ma­tion. Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre held its Drinks with the Director last night and showed the au­di­ence a snip­pet of their forth­com­ing drama Wolf Lul­laby. The lead­ing young woman, Chloe Fin­lay, is cur­rently in three sep­a­rate shows – how’s that for pas­sion? Shane Cad­daye’s cast for How to Suc­ceed has started re­hearsals with a cou­ple of mi­nor roles and two cho­rus parts still avail­able. The com­pany also an­nounced its play­bill for 2017 and it’s an in­ter­est­ing col­lec­tion of drama, mu­si­cal theatre and com­edy. The shows are: Back to the ‘80s; One Act Play Sea­son; Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial, di­rected by Kate Peters; 70 Girls 70, di­rected by Roger McKen­zie; Lady Win­der­mere’s Fan, di­rected by Rob Horton; and Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors, di­rected by Brady Watkins. Long-time fans of pi­anovo­cal­ist Craig Sch­nei­der will be pleased to hear that he is per­form­ing with his sev­en­piece band at the Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club at the Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on Septem­ber 23. Ar­range­ments are well un­der way for the big Christ­mas con­cert and party at Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre, with director Ka­t­rina Lard­ner an­nounc­ing a stel­lar cast for this one-night-only pro­duc­tion for December 17. They in­clude Kirri Adams, Sheila Bradley, Tim Car­roll, and many more. Lots in re­hearsal at present – Spot­light’s Breast Wishes, GCLT’s Wolf Lul­laby, Javeen­bah’s Songs for a New World, Nep­tune Theatre’s An Evening with An­drew Lloyd Web­ber, Bal­lina Play­ers’ The Patrick Pearse Mo­tel, GCLT’s How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness and Spot­light’s The Mys­tery of Ed­win Drood. The Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards is en­ter­ing its last quar­ter and has just con­firmed Ian Sten­lake as the MC. Ian is cur­rently per­form­ing in Around the World in 80 Days. Pre­sen­ta­tion night is December 13 at the Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast. Ta­ble book­ings open Novem­ber 8.

Blanc de Blanc comes from the cre­ative minds be­hind Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour.

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