The stage is set for the Gold Coast’s first opera com­pany to make its de­but this week. It sounds like au­di­ences are in for a real treat

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

The big open­ing this week is Opera Gold Coast’s Pagli­acci at the He­lensvale Cul­tural Cen­tre from Fri­day. “Opera is the new black”, or so thinks Me­lanie Smart, the founder and artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Gold Coast’s first opera com­pany. She’s taken the plunge by re­cruit­ing some of the Coast’s finest per­form­ers in a brave new pro­duc­tion of Leon­cav­allo’s Pagli­acci. Although au­di­ences may not in­stantly recog­nise the name, this iconic opera has seeped into popular cul­ture with its uni­ver­sal themes of tragic love and be­trayal, with shows in­clud­ing Se­in­feld and Batman pay­ing homage to this clas­sic. Book tick­ets at try­book­ or call 0473 508 429. Tu­gun The­atre book­ings are now open for the com­edy Sylvia by A.J. Gurney. Sylvia is ac­tu­ally a stray dog, played bril­liantly by Kate Lear­month, picked up in the lo­cal park by Greg (Graeme Stuck­ings) and taken home to his reluc­tant wife Kate (Pam Payne). Well­known ac­tor David Fraser chose this con­tem­po­rary com­edy for his di­rect­ing de­but, with great success. The open­ing night on May 11 in­cludes sup­per, then the sea­son con­tin­ues Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day un­til May 27. To book call 0449 788 486. Javeen­bah The­atre will pre­sent The King­fisher from May 26. It’s the story of the lives and loves of three fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ters. As he pe­ruses The Times obituaries, fa­mous writer Ce­cil War­bur­ton makes a dis­cov­ery that has him whistling in the bath, At last, the dull Reg­gie Townsend has died, wid­ow­ing the only woman that Ce­cil truly loved ... and lost. With only one thing on his mind – mat­ri­mony – he ar­ranges to meet Eve­lyn un­der the same tree in his gar­den where he kissed her years ear­lier. This de­light­ful com­edy stars Chris Hawkins, Vi­vianne Yours Truly is com­ing up to the 14th an­niver­sary of this col­umn – it’s been a fab­u­lous way to get lo­cal the­atre pro­duc­tions news to the pub­lic (com­mu­nity and pro­fes­sional). Just a re­minder folks, the dead­line to be fea­tured has now been moved back to 5pm Fri­day. See you in a crowded foyer!

Opera Gold Coast’s Pagli­acci fea­tures some of our region’s finest per­form­ers.

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