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

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

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.

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