TIME TO DANCE

A vast ar­ray of Queens­land’s best danc­ing tal­ent will de­scend on Tweed next month for the an­nual Tyal­gum Dance Spec­tac­u­lar

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

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.

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