THERE’S MAGIC IN THE AIR

Keep an eye out for a fa­mil­iar Gold Coast face in the tal­ented cast of the lat­est pro­duc­tion of Aladdin, which has QPAC au­di­ences in rap­tures

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

Imag­ine a show so spec­tac­u­lar it re­ceives a stand­ing ova­tion be­fore the in­ter­val. That was the en­dorse­ment from the open­ing-night au­di­ence of the ea­gerly-awaited Bris­bane sea­son of Dis­ney’s Aladdin. Lo­cals may spot a fa­mil­iar face among the tal­ented cast – for­mer Gold Coast per­former Max Bimbi. A Na­tional Acad­emy of Per­form­ing Art­strained en­ter­tainer, Max has had a long run in the show. Aladdin is a block­buster and it runs un­til June at QPAC. GCLT will hold its an­nual Dol­phins Awards on March 25, cel­e­brat­ing the in­put of casts in 2017 shows Back to the 80s, Crown Mat­ri­mo­nial, 70 Girls 70, Lady Win­der­mere’s Fan and Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors. The pub­lic is wel­come, and it’s al­ways a great chance for per­form­ers and au­di­ence to get to­gether for a night of the­atri­cal net­work­ing and fun. Javeen­bah Theatre is hold­ing au­di­tions for Pack of Lies di­rected by Nathan Schulz on the same day, March 25, from 2pm. Go to its web­site for de­tails. It seems many of the lo­cal theatre com­pa­nies are shut­ting down over the Games pe­riod, which is prob­a­bly a good idea with so many streets out of ac­tion. More in­for­ma­tion on who’s per­form­ing in April in next week’s col­umn. Tu­gun Theatre has an­nounced the cast of Noel Cow­ard’s Blithe Spirit. It in­cludes Charles – Bill Cox, Elvira – Pamela Payne, Ruth – Maria Thomp­son, Dr Brad­man – Dar­ren Camp­bell, Mrs Brad­man – Judy Neu­mann, Madam Ar­cari – Del Halpin and Edith – Clau­dine Clarke. The Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club is in talks with HOTA re­gard­ing the fu­ture of the club. An­nounce­ments about the year’s pro­gram will be com­ing soon – and hope­fully some news on the venue for this very suc­cess­ful and wellloved or­gan­i­sa­tion. The Star Gold Coast will wel­come Aussie icon Barry Humphries in June. Yours truly can’t wait to see what this “re­tired” icon will do. Cur­rently play­ing is GCLT’s Bar­maids. In re­hearsal is Javeen­bah’s 25th An­nual Put­nam County Spell­ing Bee, Been­leigh Theatre Com­pany’s Cur­tains and Spot­light’s Baskerville. Soon to start re­hearsals is Spot­light’s Heathers and Top Hat Pro­duc­tions’ The Pic­cadilly Olde Time Mu­sic Hall. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Pic­ture: LIAM KIDSTON

Gareth Ja­cobs as Ge­nie and Ains­ley Mel­ham as Aladdin in Dis­ney’s Aladdin at QPAC in Bris­bane.

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