JOIN THE CIRCUS
‘Tis the season for Christmas carols, heartstopping acrobatics under the big top, local laughs aplenty and powerful performances
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 cirquedusoleil.com/ 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!
Kooza is an acrobatic adventure from Cirque du Soleil.