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.