ALL THAT GLITTERS
And in this case, it really is gold, with Prada’s Priscillas offering a dazzling show glam-packed with feathers, wigs, costumes and great tunes
Prada’s Priscillas will go on at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on May 26 at 8pm, starring Prada Clutch and her girls, creatively directed by Monique Kelly from Les Girls Kings Cross. Featuring Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’s greatest hits, I Love the Night Life, Go West, Shake Your Groove Thing and I Will Survive, plus a few hits from some of today’s music icons and divas Dusty Springfield, Patti Labelle, Bette Midler and Cher. The show is packed with feathers, wigs and costumes – a glittering drag spectacular. Call 5588 4000 to book. Spotlight Theatre begins the year with the classic Oliver! by Lionel Bart. Matchless, this musical masterpiece brings Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life. Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. With spirited, timeless songs such as Food, Glorious Food, Consider Yourself and Where is Love, Oliver! is widely loved as a musical with heart and spirit. Directed by Andrew CockroftPenman, vocal direction by Caroline Taylor and choreography by Jamie Watt, the show opens February 8 and runs until March 3. All details on Spotlight Theatre’s website. The prestigious Matilda Awards are coming up on Tuesday, and I’m delighted to announce several ex-Gold Coasters and their shows have been included in nominations. Ex-GC leading man and former president of GCLT (and before that, cast member of TV’s The Sullivans) Steven Tandy has been nominated for his role in England (Nathan Booth and Matt Seery at Metro Arts). Joining him are recently graduated Brisbane Conservatorium students Tim Carroll and Stephen Hirsch, whose show Boys of Sondheim has been nominated in the Best Independent Production and Best Musical or Cabaret categories. Finally, Anthony Spinaze has been nominated for Best Costume Design for Rent, produced by local entrepreneur/producer Matt Ward of Matt Ward Entertainment, which played at Brisbane’s Powerhouse last year. Gold Coast Little Theatre has announced the resignation of president Peter Williams due to his wife’s ill health. He was also to direct three of the five shows on this year’s GCLT playbill. He has been replaced with NIDA-trained Stuart Lumsden ( The Boys, Pyjama Game) as director of Man of La Mancha, and Andrew Cockroft-Penman ( Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oliver!, Curtains)
by Lynn Brittney. Opening night is February 8 at 7.30pm, including after-show supper with the cast. The season continues Thursday, Friday and Saturdays until February 24, with matinees Saturday, February 10 and 17, at 2pm Qld time. Directed by Cecile Campbell. Tugun Village Community Centre, Coolangatta Rd. Cabaret seating, BYO drinks and nibbles. Bookings can be made at tuguntheatre.org or call 0449 788 486. In rehearsal is GCLT’s Barmaids, Spotlight’s Oliver!, Tugun Theatre’s Old Actors Never Die, They Simply Lose the Plot, Ballina Players’ The Little Mermaid, Tweed’s Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and playing is Beenleigh Theatre Group’s Lord of the Flies. See you in a crowded foyer real soon.
Prada Clutch leads Prada’s Priscillas, an all-male revue heading for The Arts Centre Gold Coast.