Many talented Gold Coast performers have been spreading their theatrical wings and wowing audiences on stages across the globe
It’s great to see so many former local performers excelling on the world stages. Keane Fletcher ( We Will Rock You, The Ten Tenors) returns to the Arts Centre Gold Coast to perform in The 27 Club on November 10 and 11. The show is an ode to musicians who left the world too soon. Also starring Zack Anthony Curran and Andrew Kroenert, it features songs by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain. Also appearing on the professional stage is Courtney Monsma in the forthcoming Mamma Mia. Dean Giltinen, leading man of many local musicals, is wowing them in Singapore’s Universal Studios and choreographer/dancer Andrew Ross Graham has just returned from six weeks as a guest artist at Sunway Lagoon in Kuala Lumpur. Yours truly caught the cabaret show at The Basement last week – Ruby Slipper Chronicles with Aurelie Roque. Under the musical direction of Luke Volker, this was a new cabaret telling the stories of the trials and triumphs Aurelie faced when she hitched up her blue and white checks en route to Australia. Coming up at the Arts Centre Gold Coast is another cabaret offering, Me & My Shadow with Tim Maddren on December 1 and December 2 at 8.15pm. For more details go to The Arts Centre Gold Coast website. GCLT’s 2018 season continues with The House of Blue Leaves (September 1-22). This comedy has won Tony, Obie and Drama Desk awards each time it’s played Broadway. Set in 1965 on the day the Pope Paul VI visits New York, John Guare’s play is an acute observation on our adulation of celebrity, written decades before social media. This will be followed by Hello, Dolly! (November 3 - December 1). GCLT is assembling a superb team for this great musical. It will be full of timeless hits such as Put Your Sunday Clothes On, It Only Takes a Moment and the title tune. 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 tonight 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 the Tugun Village Community Centre. GCLT held its final 2017 Drinks with the Director recently. The popular soiree featured the cast of Little Shop of Horrors, with director Brady Watkins giving the audience an idea of what the show is about and presenting a few songs. Opening on November 11, the show runs until December 9. Call 5532 2096 to book. Now in rehearsal on the Gold Coast is Tugun Theatre’s The Naked Truth, GCLT’s Barmaids, Bangalow Theatre Company’s Chicago, Ballina Players’ Mary Poppins, Javeenbah’s Obsession and GCLT’s Little Shop of Horrors. Playing now is Spotlight’s Les Miserables. Info on shows coming up should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 5pm for inclusion in this column. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!
You can catch local performer Courtney Monsma in the forthcoming Mamma Mia.