STILL AS AMAZ­ING AS EVER

The univer­sal themes and timeless songs have en­sured that the colour­fully at­tired Joseph re­mains eter­nally fash­ion­able with au­di­ences

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

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.

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