GCLT’s latest production promises to be a powerhouse of timeless entertainment with an enduring message for audiences of all ages
Gold Coast Little Theatre is in final rehearsals for its next production, 70 Girls 70. It’s a story about some “older” residents of New York who come to realise they have to put some vim and vigour in their lives – even live a little dangerously – if they are going to live longer. Taking on the lead role of Ida, the woman who starts it all, is well-known musical powerhouse Anne Ryan. Also appearing are Joel Beskin, Jan Alcorn, Marilyn Culell, Noni Buckland and Marlene Blight, as well as former politician Brett Raguse. Directed by Roger McKenzie, 70 Girls 70 opens at GCLT on July 1 and runs Thursday to Sundays until July 29. Meanwhile, auditions for the company’s next production, Lady Windermere’s Fan directed by Rob Horton, will be held at GCLT’s Molly’s on Sunday, June 25 at 10am. To book an audition time call Rob on 0425 896 582. Yours truly is fresh from the fabulous Adelaide Cabaret Festival, held annually to present the best cabaret performers from Australia and overseas. Running for three weekends, artistic directors Eddie Perfect and Ali McGregor have this year gone for a more cutting-edge collection of shows. Christie Whelan Browne doing her Steve Vizard-written show VIGIL, presented a raw encounter of a young girl returning to her ill mother. Carlotta, the darling of Kings Cross, rocked the socks off every audience she had. The 3 Mikados, (Colin Lane, David Collins and Amy G) was a disappointment. I found the mini-musical riddled with Adelaide audience references, serial repetition of gags and an overrun by 25 minutes. The festival continues this weekend, so if you happen to find yourself in Adelaide there is lots on offer. The Friends of the Gold Coast Arts Centre invite talented young artists who are short of cash and hoping to progress their careers to apply for a grant from the Friends Gift Fund. Last year they gave a total of $27,500 in grants to nine applicants. The closing date for this year’s applications is July 29. Forms can be downloaded from friendsoftheartscentregc. com.au Auditions are coming up for Tweed Theatre Company’s production of the pantomime Dick Whittington and his Cat. There’s more information on their website. I am delighted to reveal Top Hat Productions will present this year’s Mayor’s Seniors Week shows – watch this space for the great line-up of stars appearing on August 24 at the Arts Centre Gold Coast. In rehearsal on the Gold Coast now are GCLT’s 70 Girls 70, Ballina Players’ Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Spotlight’s Nine to Five, Tweed Theatre’s Australia Day and Javeenbah’s Billy Liar.
Noni Buckland, Marlene Blight and Anne Ryan in 70 Girls 70 at Gold Coast Little Theatre.