A BIT OF MILITARY MADNESS
If you like a good courtroom drama then get ready for Ballina Players’ production of Aaron Sorkin’s famous military play A Few Good Men
Ballina Players’ next production is the courtroom drama A Few Good Men, directed by Mike Sheehan. Written by Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote the hit series The West Wing, the original 1992 movie starred Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. Director Sheehan has assembled a very strong cast of 15 men and two women, with many experienced actors and some newcomers looking to find more experience. Tickets are available online at ballinaplayers.com.au/ bookings The Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club has just announced an agreement with Home of The Arts (aka HOTA – formerly The Arts Centre Gold Coast) to continue running its monthly jazz evenings at the Paradise Room. Good news for this popular club, which has been providing entertainment for over nine years. Note to GCCC – how about building a new theatre (smaller than the ones at HOTA) for the many groups on the Coast instead of another sporting venue? It’s sorely needed! The first gig for the year is Friday, March 25, from 6-10pm. Again down the highway a bit, Murwillumbah Theatre company presents Secret Bridesmaids’ Business, an Australian play written by award-winning playwright Elizabeth Coleman. Her delightful characters are brought to the stage in this compelling comedy/drama that is sometimes uncomfortably close to the truth. Loyalty, sex, love and the meaning of marriage are all on the table. The setup is cabaret style, so don’t forget to BYO food and drink. The show will be staged at Murwillumbah Civic Centre on March 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7.30pm and Sunday shows at 2pm. Patrons are advised there is some strong language and mild adult themes. Tickets are $20 from murwillumbah theatre comp an y.com.au, Larkins Electrical in Main Street (cash only) or on the door. Dressing Roomers hears yet another local company has lost a director for a major show this year. This makes the work of production committees very difficult when rights and royalties have to be reworked and a new director (or show) planned. It also reminds those committees to be super careful in the choice of productions to stage, and the choice of directors to make them happen. There seems to be an unfortunate lack of commitment to the product from theatre people on the Gold Coast. In celebration of Earth Hour, Saturday March 24, Home of the Arts (HOTA) presents an evening of discovery and symphonic experience titled Concert for the Planet. The parkland will be transformed into a live music soundscape with musicians from all over the world taking part via a worldwide live stream. The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, extended to include over 100 local musicians, will perform Holst’s The Planets under the baton of conductor Lachlan Snow. Fittingly, the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra will also be the first full orchestra to perform on the recently launched state-of-theart $37.5 million outdoor stage. Following the free Tim Minchin concert this Saturday, which officially launches the HOTA Outdoor Program, the performance is the second ever Concert for the Planet, the first taking place in Sydney, 2015. The orchestral performance will conclude at the start of Queensland’s Earth Hour 2018. The lights will be turned down in Earth Hour fashion, however guests are asked to bring a torch in order to safely exit the venue. Currently playing on the Coast are Javeenbah’s 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Beenleigh Theatre Group’s Curtains. In rehearsal is Spotlight’s Baskerville and Heathers and Top Hat Productions’ The Piccadilly Olde Time Music Hall. I’m off to discover the delights of Ginza shows in Japan this week so watch this space for what’s happening on stage in Tokyo and other places Asian.
See you in a crowded foyer real soon!
Ballina Players’ production of legal drama A Few Good Men boasts a strong cast of 15 men and two women.