The immortal story of Dick Whittington and his Cat has all the makings of a joyous pantomime that’s bound to delight audiences of all ages
Down the highway a bit you’ll find Tweed Theatre’s next production at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre. Dick Whittington and his Cat is terrific holiday entertainment for the kids. The pantomime encourages the audience to participate as often as possible with phrases like: “Wake up Jack! He’s behind you!”. The story revolves around Dick Whittington and his cat, Tommy, who travel from Gloucester to London seeking their fortune. Aided and abetted by Mr Fitzwarren’s cook, Sarah and her bumbling sidekick Idle Jack, they set sail aboard a ship manned by Captain Kettle and Bosun Shine and end up on an island ruled by Sheikh Aboddi. Dick and Tom rid the island of rats and are rewarded with a chest of gold. They return to London as heroes and Dick is rewarded by marrying Alice and becoming the Lord Mayor. Directed by Doug Williams, with musical direction by Kim Dobbie and choreography by Lincoln Jamieson, this is a fun family entertainment. Performance dates (all matinees at 2pm) are October 7 and 8. You can book on 1800 674 414, at either the Tweed or Murwillumbah Information Centres, online at tweedtheatre.com.au or at the door. The Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards will hold their popular nominees’ cocktail party at a new venue this year. After eight years at the Arts Centre Gold Coast it will transfer to the Calypso Terrace at the QT Hotel, Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise. The presentation night dinner will once again be held in the Paradise Room at the Arts Centre. The awards will enter their 10th year next year – lots of major events planned. Spotlight Theatre will open their final program for the year, Les Miserables on October 20. Directed by Tony Alcock, the show tells the story of prisoner Jean Valjean, and is one of the most popular musicals of all time. Local theatre party organiser Doreen Hinton has several special nights booked, with all tickets at $28. She is also organising a charity night for Ashmore Lions Club on February 8 for Oliver the Musical. Email Doreen at firstname.lastname@example.org Javeenbah Theatre in Nerang will hold its annual general meeting on October 8 at 2pm. They will welcome any new volunteers or committee member hopefuls. It’s always an interesting program and a friendly little theatre. GCLT will hold its popular Drinks with the Director on October 31 at the theatre in Scarborough Street. The show being celebrated is Little Shop of Horrors, with director Brady Watkins. It’s a 6pm start, always a fun night and a chance to catch a glimpse of what’s to come. In rehearsal on the Gold Coast now are Spotlight Theatre’s Les Miserables and GCLT’s Little Shop of Horrors. Playing now is Tweed Theatre Company’s Dick Whittington and his Cat, finishing on October 8. This column comes to you via Singapore, Dubai and Barcelona. It’s always fascinating to see the different ways people enjoy theatre – from the whirling dervishes of the UAE to the gentle dancing of Singapore, to the hard slapping heels of the Flamenco. More next week as we see what’s happening in the south of France. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!
Tweed Theatre’s Dick Whittington and his Cat is terrific holiday entertainment for the kids.