DOLPHIN WINNERS DESERVE PRAISE
Gold Coast Little Theatre honours the many hard-working stage lovers who helped create a range of quality productions throughout 2017
This column comes to you from the throbbing heart of Tokyo, Japan (one of the world’s most cultured – and quiet – cities), but the big event this week on the Gold Coast was the Little Theatre Dolphin Awards, an annual event which recognises and rewards the many people involved in presenting the shows from GCLT during the previous year. This year’s winners were announced at a gala evening on Sunday night. Most Outstanding Contribution To Audio: Lawrie Esmond – Little Shop Of Horrors; Most Outstanding Contribution To Choreography: Andrew Cockroft-Penman – Lady Windermere’s Fan; Most Outstanding Contribution To Costumes: Dawn Warrington – Crown Matrimonial; Most Outstanding Contribution To Lighting: Andrew CockroftPenman – Lady Windermere’s Fan; Most Outstanding Contribution To Music: Ben Murray – Little Shop Of Horrors; Most Outstanding Contribution To Set: Michael Sutton – Crown Matrimonial; Most Outstanding Contribution To Back Of House: Di Francis and Kim Trannore – Lady Windermere’s Fan; Most Outstanding One Act Play: Checkmate – directed by Sam Cleveland; Most Outstanding Male Performance In A Supporting Role: Rob Horton – Crown Matrimonial; Most Outstanding Female Performance In A Supporting Role: Susan Cary – Lady Windermere’s Fan; Most Outstanding Male Performance In A Lead Role: Chris Catherwood – Crown Matrimonial; Most Outstanding Female Performance In A Lead Role: Del Halpin – Crown Matrimonial; Most Outstanding Director: Kate Peters – Crown Matrimonial; and Most Outstanding Production – Crown Matrimonial. Ballina Players’ next production is the courtroom drama A Few Good Men, directed by Mike Sheehan. Many people would remember the 1992 movie starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and Jack Nicholson. Also in the movie was the actor Kiefer Sutherland (son of Donald Sutherland) who played Lt Jonathan Kendrick, an overthe-top, duty-focused Marine who exemplifies all that is wrong with myopic leadership. Kendrick instigates many confrontations and uses the Bible as a thumping card when he needs to prove a point. Playing the role in the Players’ production is Dane Bodley, who was most recently seen on the Players’ stage in the 2016 production The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Kendrick is a strict and arrogant flunkey who berates his platoon leaders. Tickets are on sale now on Ballina Players’ website. A special one-off concert will be performed at Tyalgum’s Flutterbies Cottage Cafe on Sunday, April 29 with Australian classical music trio The Lyrebird Trio. The trio is comprised of Australian musicians Glenn Christensen (violin), Simon Cobcroft (cello) and Angela Turner (piano), all distinguished graduates of the Queensland Conservatorium. The trio formed in 2013 and regularly perform right across Australia with featured concerts at Melbourne Recital Hall and Sydney Opera House among others. They have had recordings and broadcasts on ABC Classic FM, and MBS networks. Outside of the trio, Glenn Christensen is a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra; Simon Cobcroft is principal cello with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and Angela Turner is a lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. The April 29 concert will be presented in the olde worlde surrounds of Flutterbies’ Little Shop Next Door on the Sunday at 2.30pm. The program will include the spirited Haydn Gypsy trio, as well as works by Mendelssohn and an original work called Of The Sea, The Moon and of You; which was composed by Paul Kopetz as a special tribute for long-time supporter of the Tyalgum Music Festival Betty McKenzie. Betty was a supporter of the Tyalgum Festival for more than 25 years and this is the first time the original work has been performed by the trio since its premiere in 2016. Doors open at 2pm for a 2.30 start. Tickets are $50 per person and include a Champagne Gold cocktail on arrival. For more information call 0488 713 241. Online bookings can be made at eventbrite.com There’s nothing currently playing on the Coast. In rehearsal are Spotlight’s Baskerville and Heathers and Top Hat Productions’ The Piccadilly Olde Time Music Hall. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!
There were many proud winners pleased to be recognised with a Dolphin Award from Gold Coast Little Theatre.