YULE BE PLEASED
’Tis the season for Coast theatre companies to deck the halls with an array of festive shows, while a glittering awards ceremony also looms
The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on and lots of festive shows are being planned by local groups. Spotlight Theatre is first off the rank tomorrow and Saturday at 7pm ($20 adult/$10 child including a light supper), followed by GCLT’s shows on December 15 and 16 at 7.30pm ($25 including supper). Tweed Theatre Company will hold its Christmas shows on December 16 at 2pm and 7.30pm at the South Tweed Sports Club. Mamma Mia opens this week at the Canberra Theatre Centre, and will then embark on a lengthy tour, arriving at Brisbane’s QPAC on December 26. There will be a theatre party going from the Coast to see the show on January 7. Long-time MC of the Gold Palm Awards, television and theatre favourite Ian Stenlake plays one of the leads – it will be good to catch up with him at the stage door afterwards. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. With the 2017 Gold Palm Theatre Awards coming up in a few days, I’d like to acknowledge the finalists. Out of more than 1000 nominations, in 31 categories, 110 finalists will vie for the coveted plaques on December 12 at a glittering presentation night dinner at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Award sponsors include the Friends of The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant, The Gold Coast Bulletin, Mr and Mrs Alison and Ian Lake, the Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Gold Coast (ADFAS), Stage Whispers/ David Spicer Productions and major sponsor Mrs Beverly McIlwain. The awards are entering their 10th year in 2018. The results will be in next week’s column. We hear that one local thespian and teacher is off to New York over the holiday season to catch one of the final performances of Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! Hope to catch up with the news on the show when Kim Reynolds gets back. And another local choreographer and director is off overseas again, as Andrew Ross Graham returns to Malaysia for a few weeks, and Javeenbah regular Lilias Davies is touring with Menopause the Musical. Yours truly has joined the cast of Oliver! (a small part at the end of the show). It’s one of my favourites and looks like being great fun. In rehearsal now is GCLT’s Barmaids and Spotlight Youth Theatre’s Oliver! Now playing is Ballina Players’ Mary Poppins. Javeenbah Theatre is holding a Christmas party trivia night tonight – tickets $15 at door. See you in a crowded foyer real soon.
Ian Stenlake, Phillip Lowe, Sarah Morrison, Natalie O'Donnell and Josef Ber star in the Australian version of Mamma Mia.