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

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 pe­ter­slk@iprimus.com.au. 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.

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