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

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

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 tweedthe­ 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 tau­rus28@op­tus­ 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.

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