STAGE IS SET FOR VARIETY
With a smorgasbord of shows opening or in rehearsal, audiences can expect the royal treatment from these local theatre companies
It’s been a big week for openings, with Javeenbah’s Sweet Road, Spotlight’s Boy Band and Ballina Players’ Blithe Spirit all kicking off. Sweet Road runs until April 8 and takes the audience on a long drive in the Australian outback. A near-capacity audience on opening night loved the play, which covers a woman who has just found out about her husband’s affair and the various characters she encounters along the long road. The absolutely minimalist set works for this play – it is all about the people. Boy Band is the first show directed by Katie SteuartRobins and it’s a good choice for a first-timer. The show is about a small group and their rise to fame – their background revealed during the journey. New songs are mixed in with some old favourites, with choreography and movement by Erin Brummage. The set is minimal and works well, and each of the five cast members has the opportunity to perform solo – some of the ensemble vocals and harmonies could use a little work, but overall the characters are a likeable bunch and the audience lapped it up. The show runs until April 9 at Spotlight’s Basement Theatre. There’s even more in store for audiences, with many promising productions in rehearsal. They include Tweed Theatre’s Broadway Blockbusters in Concert, Spotlight’s Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Gold Coast Little Theatre’s Crown Matrimonial (opening May 6).
Auditions have been announced for Spotlight’s production of Les Miserables on April 2 from 6pm. There’s also a children’s audition on April 3 from 4pm. Register your interest by emailing email@example.com
Queensland Theatre of Puppetry at Macintosh Island, Main Beach, will offer its season of Charlotte’s Web from April 3 - 13. There are two shows daily and you can pay at the door. It’s always worth taking the little ones to.
There’s a new group in town, Opera Gold Coast Inc., and they will be performing the opera Pagliacci at the Helensvale Cultural Centre on April 28 until May 6. It’s directed by Melanie Smart, last seen in La Traviata and Phantom of the Opera with Spotlight. It sounds like a great opportunity for both singers and audiences who love opera. For bookings call 0473 508 429.
The always fabulous Adelaide Cabaret Festival opens on June 9. The Variety Gala Concert is on that night, and will feature snippets from many of the wonderful artists who will be performing over the next couple of weeks. Directed by Eddie Perfect and Avigail Herman, the festival is always a huge success, held within several venues at the Adelaide Festival Centre and beyond. I’ll be there with bells on, as should every lover of cabaret.
Dressing Roomers was sad to hear of the double booking Tweed Theatre Company has suffered this week. Seems the Tweed Heads Cultural Centre, where the group normally perform, was not secured and they are now looking for an alternate venue for Broadway Blockbusters in Concert, which is in deep rehearsal. Some of the Coast’s best singers and actors are in this one, so it would be a great shame to see it fall over. Under the strong direction of Tracey Kriz, the show is sure to pop up somewhere else.
The ever-popular Gold Coast Jazz & Blues Club will hold its next bash on April 7 in the Paradise Showroom at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. The guest band will be Swing Time America. Book at goldcoastjazzclub.com
Naomi Thompson, Chris Catherwood, Louise Harris and Del Halpin are in rehearsal now for Crown Matrimonial.