STAYIN’ ALIVE

Get your disco pants ready – Satur­day Night Fever the mu­si­cal is shin­ing a spot­light on the Seven­ties and the sound­track is in­fec­tious

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

Open­ing last Fri­day night was Spot­light Theatre’s lat­est mu­si­cal block­buster Satur­day Night Fever, based on the film star­ring John Tra­volta. It is sim­ply one of the high­est qual­ity pro­duc­tions I’ve seen on the Gold Coast in sev­eral years. With a cast who could grace any pro­fes­sional stage, danc­ing and chore­og­ra­phy and mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment from a live or­ches­tra that de­liv­ered the Bee Geesin­spired score, this show is ter­rific. Di­rec­tor Clay English has de­liv­ered a first-class prod­uct to the Spot­light stage, and his light­ing de­signer has cre­ated an ex­cel­lent plot. Grab a ticket, this one will be a sell­out. It’s the per­fect role for lead­ing man Jack­son Brash and he rel­ishes every mo­ment. It’s a tri­umph for com­mu­nity theatre on the GC. Book on 5539 4225 or on­line at spot­lightthe­atre.com.au The cast of GCLT’s forth­com­ing Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial has been en­hanced by the ad­di­tion of Del Halpin as Queen Mary and Jean Wat­son as the Hon. Mar­garet Wyn­d­ham, one of the Queen’s two ladies-in­wait­ing. There is now only one small role to be cast – the Duchess of Glouces­ter. They are seek­ing a 30-some­thing, shy ac­tor who is only on for a page and a half. Call the di­rec­tor on 0411 697 265 if you’re in­ter­ested in join­ing the ex­cel­lent cast for this his­tor­i­cal drama. The play opens on May 6 and runs un­til May 27. Book­ings are open now on 5532 2096. Down the high­way south, the Flut­ter­bies Cafe has an­nounced their first con­cert for 2017 – Aus­tralian so­prano Michelle Ryan will per­form at Flut­ter­bies Cafe on April 8 in the quaint and in­ti­mate venue of The Lit­tle Shop Next Door. Michelle is a stu­dent of the Royal Acad­emy of Mu­sic in Lon­don, a grad­u­ate of the Syd­ney Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic and has per­formed with the Ber­lin Opera Acad­emy and The Lyric Opera Stu­dio Wiemar. At her Flut­ter­bies con­cert, Michelle will per­form a se­lec­tion of clas­si­cal arias, light opera, mu­si­cal theatre and Celtic mu­sic, along­side Queens­land Mu­sic Con­ser­va­to­rium’s ris­ing star pi­anist Crys­tal Smith. Crys­tal will per­form clas­si­cal pieces in­clud­ing Bach, Beethoven and Rach­mani­nov. Doors open 2pm for 2.30pm start. Only 40 seats are avail­able. Call 0488 713 241. Play­ing cur­rently on the Gold Coast are Tu­gun Theatre’s Wait Un­til Dark, Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s Back to the 80s and Spot­light Theatre’s Satur­day Night Fever. Just cast is Tweed Theatre’s Broad­way Block­busters in Con­cert. In Bris­bane, Ladies in Black runs un­til Satur­day.

Spot­light Theatre Com­pany's Satur­day Night Fever.

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