While the hottest ticket in town is ac­tu­ally in Bris­bane, early birds can now se­cure a spot in the au­di­ence of up­com­ing lo­cal pro­duc­tions

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

Cirque du Soleil’s lat­est ex­trav­a­ganza Kooza has taken Bris­bane’s Sky­gate by storm. The show takes the per­form­ers on a jour­ney of fear, ex­plor­ing iden­tity, recog­ni­tion and power. The main premise is the In­no­cent’s foray into the un­known, lead by the Trick­ster. The show opens with the In­no­cent’s at­tempt to fly a kite. Sud­denly the Trick­ster ap­pears out of a box and the In­no­cent’s life changes as he is shown an ex­cit­ing world of strength, ac­ro­bat­ics, colour and bal­ance. Vis­ual tricks like the In­no­cent’s cos­tume mag­i­cally chang­ing form drab black and white to rain­bow colour amaze the au­di­ence. The stage is set like the night sky, us­ing a light show and ma­te­ri­als that trans­port the au­di­ence to a place rem­i­nis­cent of Hindu In­dia. The King of Fools and the clowns pro­vide the com­edy and en­cour­age the au­di­ence to par­tic­i­pate, with two lucky vol­un­teers snatched from their seats to join in with the clown­ing. Danc­ing is oblig­a­tory and each clown per­former is highly adept at show­ing the au­di­ence how to be­have in Cirque. The band and the singers are el­e­vated on a high tower, which is ini­tially hid­den by large fab­ric sails. The mu­sic is imag­i­na­tive and lyri­cal and it’s fab­u­lous to be able to see the band and singers per­form along­side the acro­bats and clowns. While many will have seen it be­fore, the Wheel of Death, per­formed here by Columbia’s Jimmy Ibarra and Ron­ald So­lis, never fails to elicit gasps from the au­di­ence. The per­form­ers put on an in­cred­i­ble dis­play of weight­less­ness and unimag­in­able leaps of faith. The show ends with the In­no­cent fi­nally fly­ing his kite off into the dis­tance. The Kooza ex­pe­ri­ence takes you to a mag­i­cal place you will never want to leave. The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast’s 2017 shows are on sale now. From the gothic hor­ror story Drac­ula and Cir­cus Oz’s Model Cit­i­zens, to Opera Aus­tralia’s The Mar­riage of Fi­garo and Queens­land Bal­let’s La Fille Mal Gardee, there is some­thing for every­one among the 22 new shows on sale. They usu­ally have a launch but not this year. The Arts Cen­tre is also pre­sent­ing Bon­nie Lyth­goe Pro­duc­tions’ mag­i­cal mu­si­cal pan­tomime The Ad­ven­tures of Peter Pan and Tinker­bell in Re­turn to Pan­toland. This is a world­premiere pro­duc­tion and is only tour­ing to Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and the Gold Coast. This year, all shows are avail­able to buy as sin­gle tick­ets right now, or you can save 15 per cent (three plus shows) or 20 per cent (10 plus shows) with the Multi-buy Show Pack­age op­tion. Au­di­tions com­ing up in­clude Spot­light’s pro­duc­tion of Boy Band (De­cem­ber 11) – call 5539 4255 for de­tails. Noth­ing else much hap­pen­ing on the theatre scene this week. Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre (GCLT) has one more week­end of How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness With­out Re­ally Try­ing, and in re­hearsal are Mur­willum­bah Theatre Com­pany’s A Christ­mas Carol, a co-pro­duc­tion with Dou­ble­mask, play­ing De­cem­ber 16-17 at Mur­willum­bah Civic Cen­tre. Also in re­hearsal are GCLT’s Back to the 80s, and GCLT’s Christ­mas Con­cert on De­cem­ber 17. Matilda con­tin­ues to do great busi­ness in Bris­bane and Aladdin is pack­ing ‘em in in Syd­ney. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Cirque du Soleil's lat­est show Kooza takes au­di­ences on a thrilling jour­ney

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