The ver­sa­tile Aussie song and dance man has signed up for the pres­ti­gious role of MC for the glit­ter­ing Gold Coast Area The­atre Awards

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

This col­umn comes to you from Van­cou­ver, a city brim­ming with cul­ture – from the many theatres with world-class opera, bal­let and the­atre pro­duc­tions, to many lo­cal com­mu­nity of­fer­ings. There’s also a fab­u­lous mid­c­ity green area in Stan­ley Park. What a huge ad­van­tage to the Gold Coast would it be to have a “city lungs” park like this one! Maybe the Spit could be trans­formed into an oa­sis. There’s news from back home, where the Gold Coast Area The­atre Awards will wel­come a new MC for this year’s pre­sen­ta­tion night – pop­u­lar song and dance man Rob Mills. Cur­rently tour­ing the coun­try with Put­tin’ on the Ritz, Rob will head­line the sparkling night on De­cem­ber 12. He is re­plac­ing reg­u­lar MC Ian Sten­lake, who will be in Bris­bane ap­pear­ing in Mamma Mia. The Awards will en­ter its 10th year after this event. Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre is hold­ing au­di­tions for their first play of 2018 on Au­gust 26 at The Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre, 21a Scar­bor­ough St, South­port. Au­di­tions are by ap­point­ment only. It’s di­rected by Michael Sut­ton (best known as the Gold Coast’s set de­signer ex­traor­di­naire). The show is a win­ning Aus­tralian comedy – Bar­maids – with per­for­mance dates from Fe­bru­ary 10 to March 3. Michael is seek­ing two love­able mid­dle-aged ac­tresses (40s and above) to play the bar­maids. For au­di­tion in­for­ma­tion and book­ings sim­ply email michael­sut­ton­gold­coast@ ya­ Spot­light The­atre an­nounced its 2018 pro­gram this week. Com­ing up will be main stage pro­duc­tions of Oliver (Fe­bru­ary 9 to March 3), Heathers – The Mu­si­cal (May 25 to June 16), Strictly Ball­room (July 27 to Au­gust 18), We Will Rock You (Oc­to­ber 20 to Novem­ber 17), and in the Base­ment The­atre Baskerville – A Sher­lock Holmes Mys­tery (April 27 to May 13), and The Marvel­lous Won­derettes (Septem­ber 21 to Oc­to­ber 7). Javeen­bah is hop­ing for a full house at their 2018 launch on Au­gust 31 at 6.30pm when their next batch of tal­ented di­rec­tors re­veal what’s on next year. This is an open in­vi­ta­tion and they look for­ward to wel­com­ing you for this ex­cit­ing an­nounce­ment and a light sup­per. The­atre party or­gan­iser ex­traor­di­naire Doreen Hin­ton will hold the­atre par­ties on the fol­low­ing dates for the Spot­light play Take a Chance On Me: Septem­ber 22 at 7.30pm, Septem­ber 24 at 2pm, Septem­ber 30 at 7.30pm, Oc­to­ber 1 at 2pm. Di­rected by He­len Maden and with a top cast, the show tracks six peo­ple who have lost their spouses. Tick­ets are $27. Call Doreen on 0403 810 940 or email Tau­rus28@op­tus­ Still with Spot­light, and we hear that the Surfers Par­adise View Club are sell­ing tick­ets for a char­ity pre­view of Les Mis­er­ables on Oc­to­ber 19 at 7.30pm at Spot­light The­atre. Tick­ets are $25 and all funds raised will be do­nated to the Smith Fam­ily Learn­ing for Life Pro­gram. Call Roslyn on 0409 277 774. In re­hearsal on the Gold Coast now are Javeen­bah’s I Re­mem­ber You, GCLT’s Lady Win­de­mere’s Fan and Spot­light’s Take a Chance on Me and Bal­lina Play­ers’ The Marvel­lous Won­derettes open­ing 8 Septem­ber. Play­ing now is Tweed The­atre’s Aus­tralia Day, and Tu­gun The­atre’s The Un­in­vited. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Pop­u­lar song and dance man Rob Mills will MC the Gold Coast Area The­atre Awards on De­cem­ber 12.

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