CAST SET FOR CROWN GLORY
Theatre audiences can expect the royal treatment when the curtains open on the anticipated Crown Matrimonial this weekend
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.