Ex­cit­ing pro­gram an­nounce­ments and an un­for­tu­nate health scrare book­end a bumperto-bumper week in Queens­land theatre

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

It was a clear case of “the show must go on” when ac­tor Thomas Warr was taken to hos­pi­tal Fri­day af­ter­noon with a se­vere gas­tric is­sue. He was about to ap­pear in the open­ing night per­for­mance of Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s Wolf Lul­laby as War­ren Gael. He has since been dis­charged but has con­tin­u­ing health is­sues. His fu­ture in the show re­mains un­clear. Ac­tor Noel Thomp­son bravely stepped in and per­formed in the pre­view, open­ing night and last Sun­day’s mati­nee, and by all ac­counts it was a tri­umph. The rest of the sea­son will see Brad Ken­drick take over the role. Tick­ets are avail­able on­line at Singers and mu­sos are wanted for a new lo­cal pro­duc­tion. Opera Queens­land and If

These Walls Could Talk will au­di­tion on Oc­to­ber 1 and 2 in the Can­vas and Ket­tle Room at Mur­willum­bah Civic and Cul­tural Cen­tre. Be ready to per­form a song of your choice and act out a scene on the day. To ar­range an au­di­tion time, call 02 6628 8120. Yours Truly re­cently at­tended the Queens­land Theatre Com­pany’s launch of its pro­gram for 2017. An eclectic and in­ter­est­ing line-up has been put to­gether by new artis­tic di­rec­tor Sam Strong. The com­pany will present nine shows, be­gin­ning in Jan­uary with the en­core of Ladies in Black.

The Flick, win­ner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for drama will open at the Cre­morne Theatre from Fe­bru­ary 10. This pro­duc­tion, by Melbourne en­sem­ble Red Stitch Ac­tors Theatre, is di­rected by the ac­claimed Na­dia Tass. Af­ter sold-out sea­sons in New York and Lon­don, from March 9 next year it’s Queens­land’s turn to be de­lighted by

Con­stel­la­tions, a quirky ro­mance by young Bri­tish writer, Nick Payne.

In April, Strong marks his Queens­land Theatre di­rec­to­rial de­but with the lat­est heart­felt work by play­wright and for­mer artis­tic di­rec­tor Michael Gow. Once in Royal

David’s City will star Queens­land stage pow­er­house Ja­son Klar­wein. This is fol­lowed by Michael Frayn’s clas­sic meta-farce Noises Off, star­ring Si­mon Burke. On June 24 Rice will open and in July the world pre­miere of My

Name is Jimi will take place at the Cen­tre of Con­tem­po­rary Arts in Cairns be­fore open­ing in Bris­bane. Fol­low­ing that will be the satir­i­cal com­edy An

Oc­toroon, fea­tur­ing Mi­randa Tapsell. Clos­ing the 2017 sea­son is the pow­er­ful Scenes

from a Mar­riage per­formed by power cou­ple Marta Dus­sel­dorp and Ben Win­spear. The GCLT an­nual gen­eral meet­ing will be held at the theatre on Wed­nes­day at 7pm. Nom­i­na­tions for the man­age­ment com­mit­tee and pro­duc­tion com­mit­tee must be in the hands of the sec­re­tary by 7pm on Mon­day. Hearts Aflame Pro­duc­tions is thrilled to an­nounce that this year’s Tyal­gum Dance Spec­tac­u­lar will be hosted by well-known dance teacher Alex Schem­bri. The event will take place on Septem­ber 22. Tick­ets are avail­able by call­ing 0488 713 241. Lots in re­hearsal at present too – Spot­light’s Breast Wishes, Javeen­bah’s Songs for a New

World (gala open­ing Satur­day night), GCLT’s How to Suc­ceed

in Busi­ness and Spot­light’s The Mys­tery of Ed­win Drood. Play­ing on the coast are GCLT’s Wolf Lul­laby and Bal­lina Play­ers’ The Pa­trick Pearse Mo­tel. Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s next Drinks with the Di­rec­tor will be on Novem­ber 2 (change of date due to Melbourne Cup). Shane Cad­daye will be in­tro­duc­ing his end-of-year mu­si­cal, How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness With­out Re­ally Try­ing. Open to all. Call 5532 2096 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Wolf Lul­laby plays out on stage at Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre this week.

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