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

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

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 tu­gunthe­ 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.

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