The Mayor’s Se­niors Week Con­certs prom­ises to be mem­o­rable, with beloved en­ter­tainer Rhonda Burch­more join­ing the tal­ented troupe

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

Yours truly is de­lighted to an­nounce that the guest artist for Top Hat Pro­duc­tions’ Mayor’s Se­niors Week Con­certs will be the foxy Rhonda Burch­more, star of Mamma Mia, Re­spect, Jerry’s Girls and nu­mer­ous other ma­jor mu­si­cals. The theme for this year’s con­certs is The Mem­o­rable Mu­si­cals, and the cast will also in­clude peren­nial favourites Jack Web­ster ( Hot Shoe Shuf­fle, Mary Pop­pins, Jol­son) and Kirri Adams ( Dusty, The Boy from Oz). The date is Au­gust 24 with free but limited tick­ets avail­able from Mon­day. I’m just back from Melbourne where I saw the long-awaited pro­duc­tion of The Book of Mor­mon. While it’s likely to of­fend some the­atre­go­ers, I have to say that it re­ally is the clever­est, wit­ti­est, slick­est show I’ve seen this year. How the pro­duc­ers get away with it amazes me, but get away with it they do, with a re­fresh­ing lack of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and a gen­er­ous dose of hu­mour. The danc­ing, singing and act­ing is won­der­ful and it’s play­ing to packed houses. I’m not sure if it’s tour­ing to Bris­bane, but if it does, grab a ticket. Dress­ing Roomers had a para­graph on the Friends Gift Fund last week – we’ve now been in­formed that the cor­rect web­site is, in fact, friend­soft­hearts­cen­tre.com.au/ friends-gift-fund. All de­tails on grants avail­able from this wor­thy or­gan­i­sa­tion can be sourced there. There is not long to go un­til the clas­si­cal mu­sic af­ter­noon at Flut­ter­bies on July 8. Three of the most ex­cit­ing young tal­ents in the coun­try will be per­form­ing live in the old­world sur­rounds of The Lit­tle Shop Next Door. Queens­land Youth Orches­tra’s so­prano and ris­ing opera star Xe­nia Puskarz Thomas will per­form, along with her sister Eu­ge­nie and clas­si­cal pian­ist Elli Welsh (Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium mas­ter of mu­sic stud­ies). Only 30 seats are avail­able and pa­trons are in­vited to book for lunch at Flut­ter­bies be­fore the con­cert. Doors open at 2pm for a 2.30pm start. Au­di­tions are com­ing up this Satur­day for Tweed The­atre Com­pany’s School hol­i­day pan­tomime Dick Whit­ting­ton and his Cat at Coolan­gatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club. Dancers are re­quired at 1pm and singers/ac­tors at 2.30pm (bring backing track or USB). Di­rected by Doug Wil­liams, the panto will run from Septem­ber 23. All in­for­ma­tion is on Tweed The­atre Com­pany’s web­site. The­atre party or­gan­iser ex­traor­di­naire Doreen Hin­ton

and di­rected by Roger McKen­zie. It’s a de­light­ful mu­si­cal romp in­volv­ing a group of larce­nous old folk who steal furs from var­i­ous New York stores, with the in­ten­tion of us­ing the pro­ceeds to buy their own re­tire­ment ho­tel. In the process, they re­gain their zest for life. Un­for­tu­nately one of the per­form­ers in the show has had to with­draw – Hazel Phillips has been told by her med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner that she should not con­tinue. Her part will now be played by Jan Al­corn. The pop­u­lar Drinks with the Di­rec­tor was held last week, and showed the au­di­ence just what a group of “ma­ture” ac­tors is ca­pa­ble of. Call Doreen on 0403 810 940 to book. In re­hearsal on the Gold Coast now are GCLT’s 70 Girls 70 (opens Satur­day), Spot­light’s Nine to Five, Tweed The­atre’s Aus­tralia Day, Javeen­bah’s Billy Liar and Spot­light’s Take a Chance on Me. Play­ing now is Ballina Play­ers’ Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

The foxy Rhonda Burch­more will be the guest artist for the Mayor’s Se­niors Week Con­certs.

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