THESE BODIES OF WORK
Becoming a somebody, being the bodyguard, busybodies in the bumper-to-bumper showroom foyer – don’t be a homebody now
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.