SUPERB TAKE ON CLASSIC
The production of Les Miserables is yet another community theatre performance of extremely high quality and professionalism
Les Miserables at Spotlight Theatre opening night ended to rapturous applause and a unanimous standing ovation. The production was a masterpiece from start to finish. Every aspect, from the lighting and effects, costumes, music and the cast’s portrayal of the varied characters was well conceived and executed with total professionalism. The voices in this show are superb. A high calibre of performances from the two main characters Valjean played by Adam Bartlett and Javert played by Beans Goodfellow created the initial atmosphere of oppression and rage. Fantine played by Joey Bagley stunned the audience with I Dreamed a Dream. This was followed through in the second act by the emotionally charged rendition of On My Own from Eponine played by Rachel Love. This song tore at the heart strings and left the audience spellbound. In a show full of dark themes and darker characters you need a little light relief. This was provided by the Thenardiers brought to comedic life by Nathan Skaines and Katy Charles Otto. Master of the House is a chorus number led by the Thenardiers. The comedy of the lyrics as well as the sleaziness of the characters interpreted by Mr Skaines and Miss Otto added enough levity to release the tension built up from the beginning. Full credit goes to every cast member for the commitment to their characters. Credit, too, goes to Matt Pearson, whose masterful control of the musical direction complemented the cast. The choreography was sharp and dramatic. Choreographer Jess Papst did a superb job creating the drama and the joy. All in all this is another community theatre performance of extremely high quality and professionalism. Les Miserables continues at Spotlight Theatre until November 11. Book at spotlighttheatre.com.au or call 5539 4255. It’s nice to see lots of local theatre companies have now decided to follow GCLT’s lead last year and stage Christmas concerts. Katrina Lardner put one together for Spotlight a few years ago and followed it up last year with a blockbuster evening for GCLT, raising some thousands of dollars with the show and a bumper raffle. Tweed Theatre Co has just announced plans to present a Christmas Variety Concert at South Tweed Sports Club on December 16 at 2pm and 7.30pm. GCLT will do another show this year also, no details other than the date yet – December 15 and 16. And Spotlight Theatre will again do a show this year on December 8 and 9. Ballina Players will transform the stage into 1910 London, where from the rooftops, the jack of all trades, Bert introduces us to the Banks family children and their new nanny, Mary Poppins. With a cast of around 50 on stage each show, spectacular costumes and evocative scenery the audience is transported. More than 20 songs keep the toes tapping, including Supercalifragilisticexpialidociou s, A Spoonful of Sugar, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Practically Perfect and Let’s Go Fly a Kite. There are laughs aplenty and lots of jaw-dropping surprises. The opening night on November 17 is a special event with free glass of champagne and canapés before the show. The season runs until December 10. Tickets are available either online at ballinaplayers.com.au or from Just Funkin Music in River Street, Ballina. Gold Coast Little Theatre unveiled its 2018 season on Saturday and it’s a cracker. Incoming president Peter Williams, on deck to apply his considerable experience to revitalising the Southport playhouse, has also announced a new subscription offer. Under the deal, customers book upfront for all shows and receive a significant discount. The 2018 bill includes Barmaids (February 10 – March 10), Man of La Mancha (April 21 – May 19) and Godspell (June 30 - July 28). Yours Truly is looking forward to the opening night on November 16 of Scenes from a Marriage, QT’s final offering for 2017. The powerful play stars Marta Dusseldorp (TV’s A Place to Call Home) and her real-life husband Ben Winspear. Book through QPAC. An interesting program is coming up from Tugun Theatre Co. If you like the idea of learning to pole dance, catch The Naked Truth opening night on November 9 at 7.30pm. The season continues Thursday, Friday and Saturday until November 25 at 7.30pm with matinees on November 11 and 18 at 2pm. The venue is Tugun Village Community Centre, Coolangatta Rd.
Real-life couple Marta Dusseldorp and Ben Winspear star in Queensland Theatre’s Scenes from a Marriage.