TIME OF CHANGE

There have been big go­ings-on at Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre, with nu­mer­ous changes to the pro­duc­tion com­mit­tee – stay tuned for more

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

Last week saw the AGM of Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre, but no an­nounce­ment of their 2018 pro­gram ... that will be made at a launch in early Oc­to­ber. Popular pres­i­dent Laney McLean has stepped down from the po­si­tion, re­placed by Peter Wil­liams. Sev­eral new faces have been elected to the pro­duc­tion com­mit­tee, but a sec­re­tary is still sought. In­ter­ested peo­ple should con­tact the com­pany di­rectly. The meet­ing was lively, with a packed house of GCLT mem­bers all want­ing to have a say on the theatre’s fu­ture. Talk­ing of in­ter­est­ing times in theatre, I was in the open­ing night au­di­ence of a lo­cal pro­duc­tion last week and, along with the rest of the house, sub­jected to the worst dis­play of dis­re­spect for ac­tors and to­tal dis­re­gard for other mem­bers of the au­di­ence I’ve even seen. A party of seem­ingly-ine­bri­ated women screamed, laughed hys­ter­i­cally and to­tally dis­rupted pro­ceed­ings, and re­buffed any at­tempt to “tone it down”. One was con­stantly tex­ting on the phone dur­ing the show, spray­ing light into the au­di­ence. Sev­eral peo­ple left the theatre at in­ter­val, un­able to put up with the be­hav­iour – an­other half a dozen left dur­ing the sec­ond half. The theatre con­cerned would do well to check their open­ing night in­vi­ta­tion lists and cut a few free­bie names. GCLT’s One Act Play Sea­son has re­turned for 2017, with four plays be­ing staged be­tween Septem­ber 28 and Oc­to­ber 1. Ti­tled Short & Dan­ger­ous, the sea­son is al­ways well at­tended, and this year has some ex­cit­ing new di­rec­tors show­cas­ing some very in­ter­est­ing plays. Tickets for Dis­ney’s Aladdin go on sale next week, and a theatre party to Mamma Mia is be­ing ar­ranged for a 1pm per­for­mance on Jan­uary 7. Email me at pe­ter­slk@iprimus.com.au for more in­for­ma­tion. In re­hearsal on the Gold Coast now are Spot­light Theatre’s Les Mis­er­ables and GCLT’s Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors. Play­ing now are Bal­lina Play­ers The Mar­vel­lous Won­derettes, Beaudesert Mu­sic Theatre Com­pany’s 25th An­nual Put­nam County Spell­ing Bee, Spot­light Theatre’s Take a Chance on Me, Javeen­bah’s I Re­mem­ber You and Ip­swich Mu­si­cal Theatre’s Les Mis­er­ables. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Javeen­bah’s I Re­mem­ber You is just one of sev­eral pro­duc­tions play­ing now on the Gold Coast.

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