The school hol­i­days are in full swing and the theatre com­mu­nity is fo­cused on keep­ing the kids en­ter­tained with some top-notch shows

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - THEATRE - KATE PETERS

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 bal­li­naplay­ 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.

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