With a smor­gas­bord of shows open­ing or in re­hearsal, au­di­ences can ex­pect the royal treat­ment from these lo­cal theatre com­pa­nies

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

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 spot­

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 gold­coast­jaz­

Naomi Thomp­son, Chris Cather­wood, Louise Har­ris and Del Halpin are in re­hearsal now for Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial.

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