IT’S ALL ABOUT MONEY, HONEY
From lessons in how to do business to cold, hard cash, local launches are offering theatregoers more dazzle for their dollar
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.