STILL AS AMAZING AS EVER
The universal themes and timeless songs have ensured that the colourfully attired Joseph remains eternally fashionable with audiences
nother production of the operatic musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor is coming to Ballina Players’ stage, directed by Paul Belsham. Its storyline, universal themes and catchy songs have made it a hit worldwide since first being produced in 1972. This latest incarnation will be staged at the Players Theatre, Swift St, from June 16 to July 9. Ballina Players’ opening nights are really something, with councillors and the Mayor often present. Tickets are available online at ballinaplayers.com.au and at Windrose Travel, Riverwalk Arcade, Ballina. Please call 02 6686 6566. Javeenbah Theatre brings us the story of The Kingfisher. Written by William Douglas Home, it is an effervescent romantic comedy that takes a lighthearted look at 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. It’s a comedy of manners and a study of concealed emotions. This moving yet funny performance opens tomorrow and runs until June 10. Buy tickets online at javeenbah.org.au or by calling 5596 0300. Ballet fans will be thrilled to hear that the Royal Ballet returns to QPAC from next month (June 29 to July 9) – their first visit to Australia in 15 years. With an illustrious heritage built on the innovation and extraordinary creativity of dance royalty Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan, the mighty Royal Ballet will debut two works for the first time outside of their London home. The season will feature the company’s roster of 85 world-class dancers, breathtaking sets and atmospheric music performed live by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Platinum tickets have now sold out, but with new seats just released from $99, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to see one of the great ballet companies of the world in Brisbane. The 17th annual Helpmann Awards takes centrestage in Sydney on July 24. The stars of the live performance industry will come together with fans at the Capitol Theatre. The 17th annual 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. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster. In rehearsal on the Gold Coast now are GCLT’s 70 Girls 70 and Javeenbah’s The Kingfisher. Currently playing are GCLT’s Crown Matrimonial and Spotlight’s Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (both finishing this weekend) and Tugun Theatre’s Sylvia. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!
Ballina Players are staging a version of popular operatic musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.