You can’t stop the mu­sic: this lo­cal theatre com­pany has over­come some ma­jor hur­dles but they’re get­ting on with the show

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

Open­ing to­mor­row night, Broad­way Block­busters in Con­cert from Tweed Theatre Com­pany sounds like a ter­rific show. Spare a thought for this pro­duc­tion – it’s suf­fered some se­ri­ous set­backs with their orig­i­nal venue (Tweed Heads Cul­tural Cen­tre) still be­ing un­der con­struc­tion and ne­ces­si­tat­ing a move to the Coolan­gatta-Tweed Heads Golf Club, and the hus­band of pres­i­dent Co­ral Kelly pass­ing away last week. Greg Kelly was an en­thu­si­as­tic and very pop­u­lar mem­ber of Tweed Theatre Com­pany and will be greatly missed. The show will fea­ture songs from many of Broad­way’s great­est mu­si­cals, and will fea­ture some of the Gold Coast’s most pop­u­lar per­form­ers – Deb­o­rah Leigh- Rus­sell, Ian Lake, Ka­t­rina Lard­ner, Martin Jen­nings and a large cast of young peo­ple. This mon­tage of mag­i­cal mu­si­cal mem­o­ries has been de­vel­oped by mu­si­cal di­rec­tor St­ef­fanie Kriz and re­alised on stage by ac­com­plished di­rec­tor, chore­og­ra­pher and lo­cal the­atri­cal iden­tity Tracey Kriz. There are six per­for­mances only and book­ings are avail­able through Tweed Theatre Com­pany’s web­site. Drinks with the Di­rec­tor for GCLT’s Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial will be held on April 26 at 6pm. It’s a ter­rific op­por­tu­nity for au­di­ence mem­bers and theatre lovers to get a taste of what the show is about and see a snip­pet of the per­for­mance. For de­tails call 5532 2096. Di­rec­tor Roger McKen­zie has an­nounced the cast of the next GCLT mu­si­cal 70 Girls 70. It in­cludes: Thian Sykes, Thian Sykes, Judy Neu­mann, Joel Be­skin, Rob­bie Ven­tura, Keiri Eas­down, Joe Feeney, Hazel Phillips, Henk Steen­huis, Noni Buck­land, Cathy Pot­ter, Laraine Keogh, Freddi Ruther­ford, Mar­lene Blight, Lor­raine Red­den and Dawn War­ring­ton. For those who love one-act plays, there’s a ter­rific sea­son com­ing up on Nor­folk Is­land. With pack­ages avail­able in­clud­ing air­fares, ac­com­mo­da­tion, car hire and tours, this 20th An­niver­sary Theatre Fes­ti­val will be a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to share all things thes­pian with your theatre friends from New Zealand, Aus­tralia and Nor­folk Is­land. For more in­for­ma­tion call 1800 140 066. Up the high­way a bit there’s a ter­rific theatre com­pany called Mates Theatre Ge­n­e­sis. Book­ings are now open for their next pro­duc­tion, Neil Si­mon’s The Odd Cou­ple: the fe­male ver­sion. The Odd Cou­ple is one of the play­wright’s con­tem­po­rary clas­sics. Per­for­mances start June 2. In re­hearsal on the Gold Coast are Tweed Theatre’s Broad­way Block­busters in Con­cert (open­ing to­mor­row), Spot­light’s Joseph & the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­colour Dream­coat (opens May 5) and Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial (open­ing May 6). See you in a crowded foyer real soon.

Tweed Theatre Com­pany's Broad­way Block­busters in Con­cert.

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