BELTING OUT THE HITS IN MUSICAL
Theatre-lovers are spoilt for choice, with plenty of shows to see in the region, as well as a chance to catch a divine diva on stage
Afabulous theatre party has been organised for Gold Coast theatre-lovers to see The Bodyguard at QPAC at the 1pm show on August 6. See Paulini Curuenavuli of Australian Idol fame perform the great Whitney Houston songs in this adaptation of the major film. Cost includes return coach trip, great seat, champagne and nibbles on the way back. Email me at email@example.com for details and bookings. Bookings are busy for the free Mayor’s Seniors’ Week concerts at the Paradise Room, Arts Centre Gold Coast, August 24. The shows will star song and dance queen Rhonda Burchmore, plus a host of local performers and dancers. The three shows are at 9.30am, noon and 2.30pm. This is a fabulous event and shows will book out. Reserve your place at theartscentregc.com.au or call the GC City Council for your free tickets. GCLT has been boosted with a substantial funding grant for the purpose of purchasing new sound equipment. Recent musicals have been marred by sound issues and the management at GCLT are confident that these will soon be a thing of the past. Still with GCLT, the cast for Lady Windermere’s Fan has been announced. It includes: Stuart Lumsden as Lord Windermere, James Anderson as Lord Darlington, Robert Miller as Lord Augustus Lorton, Noel Thompson as Dumby, Andrew Cockroft-Penman as Mr Cecil Graham, Chloe Dear as Lady Windermere, Jacqui Simmons as The Duchess of Berwick, Sheila Bradley as Lady Jedburgh and Susan Cary as Mrs Erlynne. Looks like a winner to me! The 17th Annual Helpmann Awards will be held on July 24 at 7pm at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney. With 10 sensational performances and a spectacular array of high-profile hosts and presenters, it will be a terrific evening for anyone who finds themselves in Sydney that night. This year the ceremony will be staged on the set of Kinky Boots and features performances from the musicals My Fair Lady with Reg Livermore, Kinky Boots, Disney’s Aladdin, The Book of Mormon and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, featuring Dami Im, and the star of the show Esther Hannaford. Grinspoons’ Phil Jamieson is joined by the cast of Green Day’s American Idiot to perform 21 Guns. Australian Dance Theatre will perform a tribute to choreographer Tanja Liedtke with her international success Construct. The Sydney Children’s Choir present a piece by Sally Whitwell, Lux Aeterna, for the In Memoriam and the cabaret circus hit Velvet starring Marcia Hines closes the night. The 2017 Helpmann Awards will be broadcast live on Foxtel Arts and webcast free via foxtelarts.com.au MATES Theatre Genesis is bringing Summer of the Seventeenth Doll to Redlands this November, and is calling for people interested in auditioning for a role in this defining piece of Australian theatre. The audition process for Summer of the Seventeenth Doll will be in two parts: a play reading on Sunday, July 16, followed by auditions July 18 and 20. All three events will be held at the Birkdale School of Arts Hall. For further information call Ray Noonan on 0438 194 800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org In rehearsal on the Gold Coast now are Spotlight’s Nine to Five, Tweed Theatre’s Australia Day, Javeenbah Theatre’s Billy Liar, GCLT’s Lady Windermere’s Fan and Spotlight’s Take a Chance on Me. Playing now is Spotlight’s Planet of the Nebulons, Ballina’s Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat (final weekends) and GCLT’s 70 Girls 70. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!
You can see Paulini Curuenavuli of Australian Idol fame perform great Whitney Houston songs in The Bodyguard.