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