Dress­ing Roomers

Don’t be late for this very im­por­tant date, with three hotly an­tic­i­pated Gold Coast stage shows set to open on the same night

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - KATE PETERS

March 24 is shap­ing up to be a big night for the­atre open­ings on the Gold Coast. Cur­rently in re­hearsal, Javeen­bah’s Sweet Road, Spot­light’s Boy­band: The Mu­si­cal and Bal­lina Play­ers’ Blithe Spirit will all open that Fri­day night. Tweed The­atre’s Broad­way Block­busters in Con­cert is next to open on April 21 and GCLT’s Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial kicks off May 6.

The­atre com­pa­nies all over the Coast are hus­tling wouldbe di­rec­tors to sub­mit pro­pos­als for their 2018 pro­grams – it seems to get ear­lier each year. There are of­ten prob­lems with ac­quir­ing per­for­mance rights for shows and get­ting a mixed pro­gram right. An­nounce­ments will start to come out in a month or two.

Brisbane’s Twelfth Night The­atre has just an­nounced the re­turn of Aus­tralian star Donna Lee’s new show The Doris Day Story. She had a great suc­cess in 2016 with her Pe­tula Clark Show, and will now present her new pro­duc­tion from April 1 at 2pm and 7.30pm. Great to see this for­mer Menopause star, and daugh­ter of the great Aussie star Glo­ria Dawn, re­turn­ing to the stage in her own one-woman pro­duc­tions. Tickets are avail­able from Tick­et­mas­ter on 13 61 00.

In­de­fati­ga­ble the­atre party or­gan­iser Doreen Hin­ton is at it again, this time for Spot­light The­atre’s March pro­duc­tion of Boy­band: The Mu­si­cal. Di­rected by Katie Steuart-Robins, the mu­si­cal fol­lows the tur­bu­lent chart-top­ping rise to fame of a fic­ti­tious boy­band, where five young stars take us back to the be­gin­ning to re­veal the gritty truth be­hind the mu­sic busi­ness. The­atre party shows on of­fer are March 26 at 2pm and April 8 at 7.30pm. Tickets are $26. Call Doreen on 0403 810 940.

Dress­ing Roomers hears that di­rec­tor An­drew Cock­roft-Pen­man and the pro­duc­tion team of Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat are look­ing for a strong male vo­cal­ist aged 18-25 to play the el­dest brother Reuben. The can­di­date must be a mod­er­ate to ex­cep­tional dancer with a vo­cal range from low B to high F and a will­ing­ness to work in an en­sem­ble of 12 other ac­tors, all play­ing sev­eral char­ac­ters. The show runs from May 5-27 and the char­ac­ter sings the lead solo line of One More An­gel in Heaven (com­po­si­tion by An­drew Lloyd Web­ber and Tim Rice). Please email An­drew at spot­lighton­jekyll@gmail.com

See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Bal­lina Play­ers’ Blithe Spirit is in re­hearsal ahead of its open­ing later this month.

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