From lessons in how to do busi­ness to cold, hard cash, lo­cal launches are of­fer­ing the­atre­go­ers more daz­zle for their dol­lar

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

The big open­ing last week was GCLT’s How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness With­out Re­ally Try­ing. A ca­pac­ity crowd was blown away by the sheer joy of the show. Dated? Maybe, but the di­rec­tor Shane Cad­daye recre­ated an Amer­i­can com­pany of the 1960s with an ex­cel­lent cast, all of whom were to­tally up to the sing­ing, danc­ing and act­ing re­quired of them. The show has re­cently had a suc­cess­ful re­vival on Broad­way (star­ring Daniel Rad­cliffe of Harry Pot­ter fame). This pro­duc­tion is a well-oiled slick mu­si­cal the­atre piece that does GCLT proud. Great cast, good di­rec­tion and good mu­sic adds up to a ter­rific pro­duc­tion. Cur­rently play­ing on the Gold Coast is GCLT’s How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness With­out Re­ally Try­ing, Tu­gun The­atre’s Cat’s Cra­dle and Been­leigh The­atre Group’s Shout! Open­ing Satur­day night is Javeen­bah’s The Smell of Money and NAPA’s The Cru­cible and Bal­lina’s Best Lit­tle Whore­house in Texas. Book on­line through each com­pany’s web­site. In­di­vid­ual tick­ets to the first four pro­duc­tions of Queens­land The­atre’s 2017 sea­son go on sale to­day. The first sea­son kicks off in Jan­uary with the re­turn of Tim Finn’s smash-hit mu­si­cal Ladies in Black, fol­lowed by Pulitzer Prize-win­ning The Flick, di­rected by Na­dia Tass ( Dis­graced), Con­stel­la­tions in con­junc­tion with the World Sci­ence Fes­ti­val, and Once in Royal David’s City by Michael Gow and the new man­ager’s di­rec­to­rial de­but for Queens­land The­atre. Mi­ami State Pri­mary School is in des­per­ate need of a Santa who will donate his time to help draw their Christ­mas Raf­fle with the school prin­ci­pal on Novem­ber 21 at 6.30pm. They’ve tried the firies, the po­lice and dads at the school with­out suc­cess. Chloe Maxwell is the com­pere for the event. They will be so grate­ful if there is some­one out there who can help them. Please con­tact Roz Hol­man at Dress­ing Roomers hears that the GCLT mega-Christ­mas ham­per raf­fle has reached the to­tal amount of $1250. Tick­ets went on sale at the open­ing of How to Suc­ceed and will be sold through­out the sea­son, to be drawn on the night of the Christ­mas Con­cert on De­cem­ber 17. For tick­ets call 5532 2096. Au­di­tions have been an­nounced for the March pro­duc­tion of Blithe Spirit di­rected by Fran Legge at Bal­lina Play­ers. Au­di­tions will be on De­cem­ber 5 at 7pm at Bal­lina Play­ers The­atre, 24 Swift Street, Bal­lina. All in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing syn­op­sis, ac­tors re­quired, re­hearsal times and per­for­mance dates is on the com­pany’s web­site. Lo­cal the­atre com­pa­nies would be well-ad­vised to or­gan­ise their pro­mo­tional pho­to­graphs ear­lier – sev­eral shows of late have missed out on great op­por­tu­ni­ties be­cause their shots are taken too late. For­get the fin­ished set and cos­tumes, get the shots taken of in­ter­est­ing peo­ple and scenes dur­ing re­hearsal if you can’t rus­tle up some “like” cos­tumes – give the me­dia some op­por­tu­nity to help you. Tweed The­atre Com­pany Inc. are hold­ing a garage sale of stage fur­ni­ture and props on Novem­ber 20 from 9am - 1pm. Call Coral on 5536 2556. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Javeen­bah The­atre’s The Smell of Money opens on Satur­day night.

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