YOUNG TALENT TIME
The school holidays are in full swing and the theatre community is focused on keeping the kids entertained with some top-notch shows
own the highway, the very competent Ballina Players are working on their school holiday program Shrek the Musical Jr. Billed as “the greatest fairytale never told”, the musical was inspired by the Oscar awardwinning Dreamworks Animation film Shrek. That movie and its sequels became the highest grossing animated franchise ever. This next step in the story will be staged at the Players Theatre on January 13-15 and 18-22. Book online at ballinaplayers.com.au or at Just Funkin Music by calling 6686 2440 (a booking fee applies). It sounds like just the thing to finish off the school holidays with. Opening this week is Spotlight Theatre’s Rapunzel – A Hairy Fairy Story. It runs today until January 7, then January 9 to 14 with two shows daily at 10.30am and 2pm. Book on 5539 4255. It’s still quiet theatre-wise on the Gold Coast, but there’s lots in rehearsal, including Gold Coast Little Theatre’s Back to the 80s directed by Andrew Ross Graham, Spotlight’s Saturday Night Fever directed by Clay English (based on the film of the same name starring John Travolta), Javeenbah’s Night, Mother directed by Barry Gibson with a strong cast in Del Halpin and Amy McDonald, and Tugun Theatre’s Wait Until Dark. Auditions coming up include those on February 5 at GCLT for Crown Matrimonial – the story of the Abdication of Edward VIII through the eyes of his mother, Queen Mary – and Tweed Theatre’s Broadway Blockbusters in Concert (February 12). The popular Queensland Theatre of Puppetry continue with performances of Under the Sea at their theatre on MacIntosh Island until January 20. There are two shows daily at 9.30am and 11am. Pay at the door – no bookings needed. It’s always a good show for the littlies. Some other great shows coming up in early 2017 include the Gold Coast Little Theatre’s Short Play season, this year entitled Short and Dangerous. It will run from March 9 to March 12. Call 5532 2096 to book. The Gold Coast City Choir welcomes new choristers. By the way, rehearsals are Tuesday nights at 7pm at the Church of Good Shepherd, 4 Tarrant Drive, Mudgeeraba. For more information, call 0438 769 851. The Gold Coast Theatre Alliance will hold a launch and lunch event on January 21 from 11.30am to 3.30pm at Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club. The compere is Chris Catherwood, with special guest artists Chloe Finlay and Deborah LeighRussell, who is also the president of the Alliance. Hero awards will be presented and all shows for 2017 officially launched. Tickets are $35 including lunch and there’s a cash bar. Bookings are essential and close January 10. Call 5530 8337 to save your place. I just got back from Sydney where Aladdin is still packing them in, and Ladies in Black is set to open. The city is buzzing with anticipation for the Sydney Festival in January, and every theatre is packed.
Ballina Players’ production of Shrek the Musical Jr will begin showing on January 13.