SU­PERB TAKE ON CLAS­SIC

The pro­duc­tion of Les Mis­er­ables is yet another com­mu­nity theatre per­for­mance of ex­tremely high qual­ity and pro­fes­sion­al­ism

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

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.

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