MAK­ING IT RAIN

From the hec­tic ‘80s to the sweet-as-pie bar­ber­shop days, and from The Body­guard to... your hus­band, it’s all about con­trasts this week

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

Au­di­tions for Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s Back to the ‘80s mu­si­cal will be held on Sun­day with reg­is­tra­tion open­ing at 9am. Di­rec­tor An­drew RossGra­ham will hold the au­di­tions at his dance stu­dio, Show­biz Ex­press, lo­cated in Ox­en­ford. Dance call is at 9.30am, with sub­se­quent calls and au­di­tions to fol­low. For reg­is­tra­tion and other in­for­ma­tion, go to back­tothe80s­g­clt@gmail.com

Singing groups Blind­side, Up­grade and Sero­tonin will be fea­tured in the forth­com­ing Voices in Par­adise Christ­mas Con­cert, to take place at Grif­fith Univer­sity Gold Coast. Both Blind­side and Up­grade will rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in Las Ve­gas next year in the 2017 In­ter­na­tional Bar­ber­shop Com­pe­ti­tion, while Sero­tonin re­cently won the univer­sity divi­sion at the Vo­cal Aus­tralia na­tional con­test, so you know you’re in for a treat. Tick­ets for the De­cem­ber 3 event are now avail­able to pur­chase on­line.

Queens­land, get ready to swoon as four of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing stage and screen stars unite in true Rat Pack style for Swing On This, to be held at QPAC’s Con­cert Hall on Jan­uary 7. I caught this show at the Ade­laide Cabaret Fes­ti­val a cou­ple of years ago and it’s ter­rific. In the hottest show of the sum­mer, Michael Fal­zon ( We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages), Bris­bane’s own Luke Kennedy (run­ner up on The Voice in 2013, The Ten Tenors), Rob Mills ( Legally Blond, Grease) and Ben Min­gay ( Won­der­land, House of Bond) will de­liver a mod­ern take on ev­ery­thing from all-time swing clas­sics by Si­na­tra and Bublé, to rock and pop hits from Oa­sis, John Farn­ham and the Pro­claimers. Ac­com­pa­nied by an 18-piece big band and some spe­cial guests who are yet to be an­nounced, the four friends will cover time­less hits such as “Fly Me to the Moon” and “My Funny Valen­tine”, re­cap­tur­ing a by­gone era. Orig­i­nally cre­ated for the 2014 Ade­laide Cabaret Fes­ti­val, where it brought the house down, it’s now Queens­land’s turn to get a kick out of Swing On This. Tick­ets are on sale now. To book, go to qpac.com.au

Yours Truly is off to the launch of The Body­guard: The Mu­si­cal next Mon­day. It should be thrilling, but more about that one next week...

Javeen­bah Theatre will shortly open its fi­nal of­fer­ing of the year – The Smell of Money – a play writ­ten by lo­cal au­thor Peter Maden. The show’s di­rec­tor, He­len Maden, is not only an es­tab­lished and ac­claimed Gold Coast di­rec­tor (she won the Gold Coast Area Theatre Award last year for her pro­duc­tion of So­cial

Climbers at Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre) but on this oc­ca­sion she is di­rect­ing a work writ­ten by and star­ring her hus­band. Well, they do say the cou­ple who works to­gether...

The Smell of Money runs from Novem­ber 18 un­til De­cem­ber 3. Tick­ets are avail­able now at javeen­bah.org.au

Speak­ing of the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards, tick­ets for this year’s in­stal­ment of the event go on sale at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast from Tues­day, while the nom­i­na­tions will be an­nounced on Novem­ber 22.

Cur­rently play­ing on the Gold Coast is Spot­light’s The

Mys­tery of Ed­win Drood. On that note, com­mis­er­a­tions from the Dress­ing Roomers go out to lead­ing lady Terri Woodfine who sprained her an­kle a cou­ple of days be­fore the open­ing of Drood. Terri is cur­rently per­form­ing the role from a wheelchair and do­ing very well.

Things are busy in re­hearsal at the mo­ment too, with the GCLT’s How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness With­out Re­ally Try­ing, Tu­gun Theatre’s Cat’s Cra­dle, Javeen­bah’s The Smell of Money and the Bal­lina Play­ers’ Best Lit­tle Whore­house in Texas. See you in a crowded foyer some­where real soon!

The Smell of Money is Javeen­bah’s fi­nal show of­fer­ing of 2016.

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