‘Tis the sea­son for Christ­mas car­ols, heart­stop­ping ac­ro­bat­ics un­der the big top, lo­cal laughs aplenty and pow­er­ful per­for­mances

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

Open­ing tonight is Kooza by Cirque du Soleil play­ing un­der the Big Top at Sky­gate Bris­bane Air­port un­til Jan­uary 8. One of the most ac­ro­bat­i­cally dan­ger­ous shows in the Cirque du Soleil sta­ble, it is a mag­nif­i­cent, sparkling homage to the tra­di­tions of cir­cus. Buy tick­ets at cirque­du­ kooza or call 1800 036 685. This week’s big open­ing was Javeen­bah Theatre’s lo­cal­ly­writ­ten play, The Smell of Money, di­rected by He­len Maden. This is a very funny Aus­tralian com­edy about the tri­als of a lo­cal foot­ball club. There are some fine per­for­mances from well­known ac­tors, and I am de­lighted to see Bob Allen on stage, a favourite from years past. Writ­ten by Peter Maden, the show is book­ing solidly and will be a great end to Javeen­bah’s year. It runs un­til De­cem­ber. Call 5596 0300. Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s open­ing mu­si­cal in 2017 is Back to the 80s, di­rected by An­drew Ross-Gra­ham. The cast will fea­ture Corey Palmer Ju­nior Becky Mor­gan, Rory Schiele, Mon­tana Nu­voli, Jay Ahrens, Jo De Goldi, Tea­gan Beetham, Molly Fog­a­rty, Tianna Camp­bell and Tahlia Treacey. This will be a fab­u­lous start to GCLT’s per­form­ing year, fol­lowed by their One Act Play Sea­son then Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial. Au­di­tions for Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial, di­rected by Yours Truly, will take place Fe­bru­ary 5. As Christ­mas gets ever closer, Queens­land Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre in­vites you to cel­e­brate the most won­der­ful time of the year with fam­ily and friends at its Spirit of Christ­mas con­certs on De­cem­ber 23 and 24. QPAC’s mag­nif­i­cent Con­cert Hall will be decked with the sights and sounds of the sea­son, in­clud­ing tra­di­tional car­ols the whole fam­ily can sing along to. Guest artists are Aus­tralian mu­si­cal theatre stars David Har­ris, ac­claimed for play­ing prin­ci­pal roles in Legally Blonde, Wicked, Miss Saigon and Amanda Har­ri­son, Aus­tralia’s orig­i­nal green witch El­phaba in Wicked. The con­certs will be hosted by Great South East TV pre­sen­ter Sofie Formica and will fea­ture the cel­e­brated Queens­land Symphony Orches­tra con­ducted by Si­mon Ken­way, the 160-voice Spirit of Christ­mas Choir, Bris­bane Cho­rale, Res­o­nance of Bir­ralee, and Bris­bane Bir­ralee Voices. Au­di­ences will also be treated to per­for­mances by guest so­prano Ju­lia Mcrae and The Smell of Money, How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness With­out Re­ally Try­ing, Bal­lina Play­ers’ The Best Lit­tle Whore­house in Texas, Been­leigh Theatre Group’s Shout (fin­ishes Satur­day) and Tu­gun Theatre’s Cat’s Cra­dle. Mur­willum­bah Theatre Com­pany will stage A Christ­mas Carol (co­pro­duc­tion with Dou­ble­mask) on De­cem­ber 16 and 17. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Pic­ture: Adam Tay­lor

Kooza is an ac­ro­batic ad­ven­ture from Cirque du Soleil.

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