Theatre au­di­ences can ex­pect the royal treat­ment when the cur­tains open on the an­tic­i­pated Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial this week­end

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

There are two open­ings on the Coast this week: Spot­light’s Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­colour Dream­coat opens Fri­day night and Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial opens Satur­day night. Dis­play­ing a nice piece of col­le­giate sup­port, both casts will visit each other’s fi­nal dress re­hearsals this week. GCLT held its pop­u­lar Drinks with the Direc­tor last week, with two scenes of Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial per­formed to give au­di­ences a small taste of the play. Many of the au­di­ence mem­bers took the chance to have pho­tos taken with the cast in cos­tume. Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial runs un­til May 27 with a spe­cial Mother’s Day mati­nee on May 14. Call 5532 2096 to book.

Open­ing last week, Queens­land Theatre’s Once in Royal David’s City is be­ing hailed as the great new Aus­tralian play by one of our great­est writ­ers. It’s an un­for­get­table, life-af­firm­ing story about fam­ily, love, and the end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties of art. The play is ex­pertly di­rected by QT’s new artis­tic direc­tor Sam Strong and fea­tures a ter­rific en­sem­ble cast with Ja­son Klar­wein at the helm. The play is per­fectly nu­anced, dis­play­ing mo­ments of joy and light in among themes of mor­tal­ity and grief. This is eas­ily one of the finest plays Bris­bane has seen for a long time. It runs un­til May 14 at the Play­house Theatre, QPAC.

Nep­tune Theatre has locked in a new venue for it’s forth­com­ing pro­duc­tion of Beauty and the Beast. It was to be staged at the Tweed Heads Cul­tural Cen­tre, but the venue is un­us­able due to work go­ing on next door in the li­brary. The new venue is the Palm Beach Cur­rumbin High School Theatre. The room holds 700 peo­ple and new dates for the show are May 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21. There are eight shows in­clud­ing four mati­nees.

The 17th an­nual Help­mann Awards takes cen­trestage in Syd­ney on July 24. Live Per­for­mance Aus­tralia (LPA) has an­nounced the de­tails of the event, which will see the stars of the live per­for­mance in­dus­try come to­gether with fans at the Capi­tol Theatre. The cer­e­mony will in­clude per­for­mances by the casts of Kinky Boots, The Book of Mor­mon, Dis­ney’s Aladdin The Mu­si­cal and My Fair Lady. The Help­mann Awards are the pre­mier cel­e­bra­tion of Aus­tralia’s vi­brant live per­for­mance in­dus­try and recog­nise dis­tin­guished achieve­ment and ex­cel­lence in Aus­tralia’s live per­for­mance sec­tors, in­clud­ing mu­si­cal theatre, con­tem­po­rary mu­sic, com­edy, opera and clas­si­cal mu­sic, theatre, bal­let, dance and phys­i­cal theatre, pre­sen­ta­tions for chil­dren, re­gional tour­ing and cabaret. Rob Brook­man AM has been an­nounced as the re­cip­i­ent of the 2017 Sue Nat­trass Award for ex­cep­tional ser­vice to the live per­for­mance in­dus­try. Tick­ets are on sale now through Tick­et­mas­ter.

Au­di­tions for Spot­light Theatre’s 9 to 5 take place this week­end. For de­tails call Spot­light on 5539 4255.

In re­hearsal are GCLT’s Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial open­ing Satur­day night (char­ity preview Fri­day night), Tu­gun Theatre’s Sylvia (open­ing May 11), Spot­light’s Joseph & the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat (opens May 5) and Nep­tune Pro­duc­tions Beauty and the Beast. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial stars Naomi Thompson, Chris Cather­wood, Louise Harris and Del Halpin.

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