WORLD BEATERS

Many ta­lented Gold Coast per­form­ers have been spread­ing their the­atri­cal wings and wow­ing au­di­ences on stages across the globe

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

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 pe­ter­slk@iprimus.com.au 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.

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