TIME TO STEP UP

Aussie star Paul Mer­cu­rio will at­tend Ip­swich Mu­si­cal The­atre Com­pany’s au­di­tions for a new pro­duc­tion of the clas­sic Strictly Ball­room

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

Paul Mer­cu­rio, who shot to fame play­ing Scott Hast­ings in Baz Luhrmann’s film Strictly Ball­room, will be in Ip­swich April 13 to 15 for Ip­swich Mu­si­cal The­atre Com­pany’s au­di­tions for Strictly Ball­room at the Metro In­ter­na­tional Ip­swich Ho­tel. Fol­low­ing on from sold-out per­for­mances of The Phan­tom of the Opera (2014), Mary Pop­pins (2015), Wicked (2016) and Les Mis­er­ables (2017), Ip­swich Mu­si­cal The­atre Com­pany’s pro­duc­tion of Strictly Ball­room will be staged at Ip­swich Civic Cen­tre from Septem­ber 13 to 24. This is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to au­di­tion in front of Paul Mer­cu­rio and be part of a lav­ish pro­duc­tion. The au­di­tion pack is on the com­pany’s web­site. There will be a Spot­light The­atre Charity Night for Head­way ABI Gold Coast Inc for Heathers the Mu­si­cal on May 24 at 7.30pm. Heathers is M-rated and not suit­able for the kid­dies. Tick­ets are $28 in­clud­ing sup­per and lots of raf­fle prizes. Call Doreen on 0403 810 940 or email tau­rus28@op­tus­net.com.au Mel­bourne’s pop­u­lar Pro­duc­tion Com­pany has an­nounced its play­bill for 2018 and will present Ok­la­homa, The Boy from Oz and A Gen­tle­man’s Guide to Love and Mur­der. Book­ings are avail­able on­line now and are sure to draw the usual packed houses for this unique Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion com­pany. Hot off the heels from stun­ning re­views in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne, you can’t miss Graeme Mur­phy’s spir­ited chore­og­ra­phy and di­rec­tion to Franz Le­hár’s ever-pop­u­lar op­eretta The Merry Widow. En­joy a light­hearted look at love amid the glit­ter of Art Deco France with pop­u­lar per­form­ers David Hob­son and Natalie Christie Peluso. It plays June 22 to 30 at QPAC. Javeen­bah The­atre Com­pany will stage The Dog Logs writ­ten by CJ John­son from May 11-26. From a tough rot­tweiler with neigh­bour prob­lems to an age­ing mon­grel who dis­cov­ers love late in life, this col­lec­tion of hi­lar­i­ous and heart­break­ing mono­logues ex­am­ines the lives of dogs from ev­ery breed, age and sit­u­a­tion. For more details go to Javeen­bah’s web­site. See you in a crowded foyer soon.

Take the chance to au­di­tion in front of Paul Mer­cu­rio.

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