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

here’s lots hap­pen­ing on the Gold Coast as the the­atre year be­gins to get into full swing. The two big open­ings lo­cally are Spot­light’s Oliver! and GCLT’s Bar­maids. Lo­cal com­pany Top Hat Pro­duc­tions will put in a short sea­son of The Pic­cadilly Olde Time Mu­sic Hall over April 27-29 and May 4-6, play­ing eight shows in all. The show is sure to be a favourite, with such gems as Your Baby Has Gone Down the Plug­hole and Cham­pagne Char­lie. Auditions for dancers will be held in Molly’s on Fe­bru­ary 28. Call 5646 7171 for an au­di­tion time. Gold Coast the­atre di­rec­tor Nathan Schulz is mak­ing waves – ra­dio waves that is. Schulz, who is a fa­mil­iar tal­ent on the Coast’s com­mu­nity the­atri­cal scene, is whisk­ing au­di­ences back to the golden age of ra­dio drama with a se­ries of six pro­duc­tions as part of The Ra­dio­play Hour. The sea­son kicks-off with the ra­dio adap­ta­tion of the 1938 Daphne du Mau­rier clas­sic Re­becca. Re­becca will be per­formed at the Burleigh Com­mon at 39 West Burleigh Road on Thurs­day and Satur­day at 7.30pm. Other ra­dio plays planned for the sea­son in­clude Trea­sure Is­land (April), Phan­tom of the Opera (June), My Favourite Wife (Au­gust), Franken­stein and Drac­ula (Oc­to­ber) and A Christ­mas Carol (De­cem­ber). Queens­land The­atre opened Black is the New White last week. This ex­tremely funny play is a look at a fam­ily Christ­mas from a com­pletely un­ex­pected an­gle. Abo­rig­i­nal lawyer Char­lotte brings to her fam­ily home her white, un­em­ployed fi­ance Fran­cis. This ex­cep­tional piece of the­atre will de­light all who ven­ture to see it. Tweed The­atre Com­pany has de­cided to can­cel the forth­com­ing sea­son of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean for rea­sons be­yond its con­trol. See you in a crowded foyer!

Tara Page and Kate McNair star in GCLT’S Bar­maids.

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