THESE BOD­IES OF WORK

Be­com­ing a some­body, be­ing the bodyguard, busy­bod­ies in the bumper-to-bumper show­room foyer – don’t be a home­body now

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

This week’s big open­ing is Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness Without Re­ally Try­ing. Loosely based on the 1953 book by Shep­herd Mead that charts the me­te­oric rise of a hum­ble win­dow washer to the dizzy­ing heights of be­com­ing Chair­man of the Board. The cast in­cludes Cas­sidy Mackie as Rose­mary, the love in­ter­est of J. Pier­re­pont Finch (Ethan Li­boirian) the for­mer win­dow washer. Other ex­ec­u­tives and sec­re­taries in­clude Brody Seignior (Frump), Ruby Hunter (Smitty), Rus­sell White (JB Big­g­ley) and Josh Lovell (Bratt). Di­rect­ing the pro­duc­tion is GCLT stal­wart Shane Cad­daye with mu­si­cal di­rec­tion by Brady Watkins. The show plays Thurs­days, Fri­days and Satur­days at 8pm with Sun­day mati­nees un­til De­cem­ber 10. Tal­ented ac­tor and play­wright Elise Greig has been fa­cil­i­tat­ing an in­no­va­tive play­wrights’ work­shop at the Zamia Theatre on Tam­borine Moun­tain. Sun­day af­ter­noon’s show­case will run from 3pm to 5pm. Dubbed From Page to Stage, the af­ter­noon will briefly fea­ture a num­ber of play­wrights de­scrib­ing their work and a scene will be acted out from each of their plays. There’ll also be in­for­ma­tion for po­ten­tial di­rec­tors to take home with them. This is a free event. To book with Ja­nis Bai­ley email tam­borine­ja­nis@gmail.com. You can also catch the fab­u­lous Tam­borine Moun­tain Mar­kets at the show­ground be­fore­hand, as they run from 7am to 1pm. Yours Truly at­tended Mon­day night’s launch of QPAC’s first big mu­si­cal for 2017, The Bodyguard. Star­ring Aus­tralian Idol fi­nal­ist Paulini in the lead role, the show con­tains many of Whit­ney Hous­ton’s great­est hits, and the ca­pac­ity au­di­ence was en­thralled watch­ing Paulini show­case the pas­sion and style that won her the de­mand­ing role. The show doesn’t open un­til July next year, but I sug­gest you grab a ticket as soon as you can. It will show for just four weeks and is look­ing like a block­buster al­ready. There’s ex­cit­ing news for two of the Gold Coast’s favourite com­mu­nity theatre per­form­ers. Tim Car­roll and Emily Mon­sma will join cast mem­bers Me­gan O’Shea, Drew We­ston, Tim Camp­bell and Jonathon Whit­low in Har­vest Rain’s arena spec­tac­u­lar of Grease, which runs from April 7 to 9 next year. Teen An­gel will be played by Eu­ro­vi­sion fi­nal­ist and vo­cal pow­er­house Dami Im. Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre held its pop­u­lar Drinks with the Di­rec­tor last night, where it showed snip­pets of How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness Without Re­ally Try­ing to an ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence. Di­rec­tor Shane Cad­daye in­tro­duced cast mem­bers and told the story of the show, which opens Satur­day and runs un­til De­cem­ber 10. Book­ings are now open for this great mu­si­cal, so call 5532 2096. Tick­ets for this year’s Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards went on sale at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast last Tues­day and we hear it’s al­most booked out al­ready. Coun­cil­lor Dawn Crichlow will present one of the main awards on the evening. A keen the­atre­goer and well-known for her tal­ent as a stand-up come­di­enne, Dawn is al­ways worth lis­ten­ing to at an event like this. Nom­i­na­tions will be an­nounced Novem­ber 22. Cur­rently play­ing on the Gold Coast is Spot­light’s The Mys­tery of Ed­win Drood. In re­hearsal mean­while is GCLT’s How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness, Tu­gun Theatre’s Cat’s Cra­dle, Javeen­bah’s The Smell of Money, NAPA’s The Cru­cible and the Bal­lina Play­ers’ Best Lit­tle Whore­house in Texas. Nep­tune Pro­duc­tions will hold its Christ­mas Cabaret Meet and Greet on Satur­day at 4pm (QLD) at the Tweed Civic Cen­tre. There will be a sing-a- long to well-known Christ­mas car­ols and danc­ing, and guests are asked to bring a plate, their mu­si­cal in­stru­ments and drinks. Heard in a theatre foyer dur­ing the week: “I never au­di­tion – if peo­ple don’t know what I can do by now, I’m not go­ing to demon­strate it for them …” Oh dear, I guess this whip­per­snap­per never heard that Liza Min­nelli au­di­tioned for Cabaret eight times, fly­ing from New York to Los An­ge­les at her own ex­pense each time. Oh, the bold­ness of youth...

Cast mem­bers per­form in How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness Without Re­ally Try­ing.

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