VOICE OF ANGELS
Soprano Michelle Ryan serenades the tiny town of Tyalgum while Dami Im and a huge cast rock Brisbane Entertainment Centre
One of Australia’s most exciting young stars of the operatic world will perform an intimate afternoon concert at Tyalgum’s Flutterbies Cottage Cafe this Saturday and Sunday. Australian soprano Michelle Ryan returns to the tiny village to perform in the up-closeand-personal venue of The Little Shop Next Door. Michelle has been appearing in leading roles in operas in the Berlin Opera Academy and The Weimar Opera Studio and in September she will start fulltime training at The Royal Academy of Music in London. This weekend she’ll perform a selection of arias, light opera, classical musical theatre and Celtic music. The Saturday concert has sold out but seats are still available for the Sunday afternoon session. Call Hearts Aflame Productions on 0488 713 241. After an unavoidable upset with the advised venue, Tweed Theatre Company will present its April production Broadway Blockbusters. This montage of magical, musical memories and moments has been developed by musical director Steffanie Kriz and realised on stage by accomplished director, choreographer and local theatrical identity Tracey Kriz. This wonderful production explores memorable music and song from the world’s greatest composers, including Gilbert and Sullivan, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kander and Ebb, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Boublil and Schonberg and Stephen Schwartz. Broadway Blockbusters features an ensemble cast of more than 35 performers, among them Gold Coast vocal identities, Kirri Adams, Ian Lake, Michelle Cook, Deborah Joy LeighRussell, Steffanie Kriz, Katrina Lardner, Martin Jennings and Peter Gray. The night includes special moments with a children’s chorus who explore songs from Peter Pan, Les Miserable, Annie and Sound of Music. This is all presented in concert format in a cabaret setting. The company have moved the venue from Tweed Heads Cultural Centre to Coolantatta/Tweed Heads Golf Club and have had to change their first matinee from Sunday to Saturday. For more information call 1800 674 414. I was sorry to have to attend the funeral service this week for actor Alton Harvey, who passed away last week aged 91. I worked with Alton in 12th Night Theatre’s Rebecca some years ago and found him Opening this Friday night is Harvest Rain Theatre’s production of Grease at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. With a cast of thousands, the show also features the Gold Coast’s Tim Carroll, Emily Monsma and Jonathon Whitlow. I’m looking forward to being there on opening night – watch this space for the verdict. Currently playing on the Gold Coast are Javeenbah’s Sweet Road (final weekend), and Spotlight’s Boy Band (final weekend). See you in a crowded foyer real soon!
Dami Im as Teen Angel in Grease by Harvest Rain Theatre Company.