LOOKS A MIL­LION

Drac­ula’s has pulled out all stops and dug deep to en­sure its glitzy new hi-tech cabaret Ter­ror­byte will wow all the boys and ghouls

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

Drac­ula’s pop­u­lar theatre restau­rant/ cabaret has just be­gun its new show, and will have a gala open­ing on Tues­day. The com­pany has spent more than a mil­lion dol­lars on new light­ing and sound tech­nolo­gies to give Ter­ror­byte a fresh, ex­cit­ing look. Can’t wait! Watch this space for more af­ter the open­ing. Only a hand­ful of tick­ets are left for the Mayor’s Se­niors Week Con­certs on Au­gust 24. Grab the last ones from the Arts Cen­tre box of­fice – the three shows are 9.30am, noon and 2.30pm and will star Rhonda Burch­more and lo­cals Jack Web­ster, Kirri Adams, Pa­trick Ox­ley and Emily Mon­sma. An­drew Ross Gra­ham’s danc­ing girls com­plete the cast – the theme is Mem­o­rable Mu­si­cals and all shows are free to cel­e­brate se­niors week. There’s a spe­cial evening of cabaret at Flut­ter­bies Cot­tage Cafe in Tyal­gum on Au­gust 5 hosted by Hearts Aflame Pro­duc­tions. It will fea­ture a young ac­tor and singer called David Simes. David is cur­rently one half of the Gig­gle and Hoot show on ABC TV. Last year he won great re­views in the play Flood at the Old 505 Theatre in Syd­ney and toured for a year around Australia with Brain­storm Theatre. David has wanted to take on the world of cabaret for some time and this is his first full show. He is joined on this jour­ney with one of Australia’s lead­ing mu­si­cal di­rec­tors, An­drew Wor­boys. Ta­pas and champagne will be served at 6pm. Show starts at 7.30pm. Ta­pas, Champagne and Show pack­age is $75, show only $40. Call Hearts Aflame Pro­duc­tions on 0488 713 241. Com­ing up fast is the open­ing of Spot­light’s next show, Nine to Five: The Mu­si­cal, based on the movie, with mu­sic by Dolly Par­ton and lyrics and book by Pa­tri­cia Res­nick. The show is di­rected by Jamie Watt with mu­si­cal di­rec­tion by Peter Laughton. It fol­lows three fe­male sec­re­taries who de­cide to get re­venge on their tyran­ni­cal boss by ab­duct­ing him and run­ning the busi­ness them­selves. Theatre party or­gan­iser Doreen Hinton will over­see four spe­cially priced shows on Au­gust 4 at 7.30pm, Au­gust 6 at 2pm, Au­gust 12 at 7.30pm and Au­gust 13 at 2pm. Tick­ets $28. Call Doreen on 0403 810 940. Bal­lina Play­ers will hold au­di­tions for their pro­duc­tion of Mary Pop­pins on July 23. For more in­for­ma­tion check out the Bal­lina Play­ers’ web­site. Javeen­bah Theatre is gear­ing up for the open­ing of their next play, the well-loved com­edy Billy Liar. Di­rected by Dawn China, the show opens to­mor­row night with a pre­view and the gala open­ing is July 22, run­ning un­til Au­gust 5. Billy is stand­ing on the cusp of man­hood, star­ing down his fu­ture in 1960s North­ern Eng­land. He can’t seem to re­sist the lure of a life he wants, as op­posed to the life he has. Direc­tor Dawn China has as­sem­bled a tal­ented en­sem­ble cast to tell this crack­ing tale. Buy tick­ets at javeen­bah.org.au or call 5596 0300. Tu­gun Theatre Com­pany re­hearsals are in full swing for the Au­gust pro­duc­tion of The Un­in­vited by Tim Kelly. Direc­tor Riann Hart­ney Smith de­scribes the play as a chill­ing ghost story set in an empty old house on a cliff in Eng­land. The sea­son starts Au­gust 11 with open­ing night sup­per and con­tin­ues Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day 7.30pm un­til Au­gust 26. Tick­ets adult $18, con­ces­sion $15 in­clud­ing ta­bles of 10. Cabaret seat­ing, BYO drinks and nib­bles. The venue is Tu­gun Vil­lage Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Coolan­gatta Rd. For book­ings call 0449 788 486. In re­hearsal on the Gold Coast now are Spot­light’s Nine to Five, Tweed Theatre’s Australia Day, Javeen­bah’s Billy Liar, GCLT’s Lady Win­de­mere’s Fan and Spot­light’s Take a Chance on Me. Play­ing now is GCLT’s 70 Girls 70. (GCLT is of­fer­ing two for one tick­ets for the show on July 21, call the theatre box of­fice to book.) See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Ter­ror­byte, the new show at Drac­ula's Gold Coast, prom­ises to be quite a spec­ta­cle.

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