TIME TO DANCE
A vast array of Queensland’s best dancing talent will descend on Tweed next month for the annual Tyalgum Dance Spectacular
Australia’s best ballroom, Latin and new vogue dancers will waltz, rumba and sashay their way to the Tweed next month for the annual Tyalgum Dance Spectacular on Saturday, November 4. The glittering dancecard will see the return of Australian Championship Professional Ballroom finalists (and Tweed locals), Rhett and Emma Salmon, along with Australian championship finalists Peter and Rebecca Beardsley. Making his Tyalgum debut, with partner Jenny Wan, will be Australian Youth Latin Champion, Thabang Baloyi, who featured in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and was one of the top 20 finalists in the 2014 series of So You Think You Can Dance. Another new face will be compere Jody Rollason. A professional competitor and teacher, Jody is well known in dance circles as MC of the Queensland Open Dancesport Championships. Now in its seventh year, the annual Tyalgum Dance Spectacular features a beautifully choreographed program, interspersed with the operatic talents of guest soprano, Petah Chapman. Dinner and show packages for the Tyalgum Dance Spectacular on Saturday, November 4 are priced at $90 per person and include a two-course pre-show dinner at Flutterbies Cottage Cafe. Show only tickets are priced at $60 per person. Phone 0488 713 241 for inquiries and bookings. This column comes to you from Singapore where a new theatre is to be built. Costing $30 million, to seat 550 and to open in 2021, the government will stump up a third, the remainder to be raised by the Esplanade through corporate sponsorship and public fundraising. A series of backstage tours are being planned and former stars are being invited back to conduct them. A major exhibition will be held next year. An idea for a new Gold Coast venue perhaps – able to be reasonably accessed by everyone at a rate they can afford? Murwillumbah Theatre Company presents Beauty and the Beast, a wholesome, traditional pantomime for the whole family, opening 7.30pm tomorrow night at Murwillumbah Civic Centre auditorium. This production has been lovingly reinvented by renowned pantomime specialist Ben Crocker, with all the ingredients you’ve come to love – slapstick humour, witty repartee and corny jokes. Continues October 14 and 21 5.30pm, October 22 and 29 at 2pm and October 28 7.30pm. Tickets $15 adults, children $10. Inquiries Lesley on (02) 6672 6753 or simply visit murwillumbahtheatrecompan y.com.au One of Broadway’s most popular cabaret theatre artists, Liz Callaway, will play QPAC in Brisbane October 13 and 14. She will perform Broadway favourites and share personal stories from behind the scenes. See qpac.com.au for tickets. Fresh from sell-out performances earlier this year, Green Day’s explosive, awardwinning Broadway phenomenon American Idiot returns to rock QPAC’s Playhouse from April 13, 2018. This high octane show will include an all Australian cast featuring Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon) and includes every song from Green Day’s album American Idiot, as well as several songs from follow-up release 21st Century Breakdown. Gold Coast Little Theatre will hold their popular Drinks with the Director on October 31 at the Scarborough Street theatre. The show being celebrated is Little Shop of Horrors, with director Brady Watkins. In rehearsal on the Gold Coast now are Spotlight Theatre’s Les Miserables and GCLT’s Little Shop of Horrors. Prima Theatre is also staging Spamalot up the highway.
Guest soprano Petah Chapman will perform during the Tyalgum Dance Spectacular.