LAVISH TALE ON WAY TO COAST
Inspired by an ancient Indian love story, is a bold new production heading for HOTA boasting a colourful mix of dance and theatre
The next big show people are talking about is Meera, where an explosion of colour and costume meet creative art, dance and theatre at Surfers Paradise’s Home of The Arts next month. Boasting a cast and crew of 300, Meera is inspired by a unique love story set in 16th Century India. Many years in the making, Meera is the creative, bold and beautiful interpretation of the character Meera, who epitomises unbridled faith that transforms into the greatest love of all. Meera is an interlude between theatrical and musical, linked with the best of narration, opera singing and storytelling. Meera will be staged for one show only at HOTA, Sunday, November 4 at 5pm. Tickets on sale now. Check out the show’s video on tinyurl.com/y6uk8zoh Javeenbah Theatre has announced auditions for oneact plays for its Festival jBah, on Sunday, November 4. All auditions will occur on the same day, allowing actors to try out for both works. The 11am session is for Strictly Amateur. Written and directed by Sherree Halliwell, in this play you’ll meet the ragtag members of Table Top Theatre Group as they scramble to put on a play for the local festival. Watch in wonderment as they try to overcome a host of increasingly insurmountable obstacles on the way to festival fame … or failure. There will be seven roles available. The 2pm session is for play Age Is Just A Number. Witten by Kellie Silver and directed by Rianna Hartney-Smith, protagonist Hayley attempts to grapple with a new, somewhat adventurous side of her mother, while struggling to keep the peace between her feuding parents. When Kathy begins to date Andy – a fun, impulsive younger man who is, in many ways, her perfect match – she starts to wonder if she can overlook their age gap in order to pursue a real relationship. After all, age is just a number. Auditions will finalise four roles for Age Is Just a Number. The plays will form part of the bill for next year’s Platform Festival, with the season running February 1 to 16. For audition pieces and further information, please contact director Rianna Hartney-Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org and see Javeenbah’s website for further details. Gold Coast Little Theatre will hold an Open House on October 27 from 10am until 2pm, as part of a Gold Coast City Council initiative. There’s free entry with a sausage sizzle and members to show you around all parts of the theatre. We hear on the grapevine that a couple of cast members from the forthcoming Hello, Dolly! may also be on hand. First night audience goers to Priscilla Queen of the Desert have raved about this revival of the well-loved show. Star Tony Sheldon, patron of the Gold Palm Theatre Awards, will remain in Australia for the present to appear in another major musical next year. A sad week for cast members of GCLT’s Hello, Dolly! Leading lady Amy McDonald lost her father-in-law and grandmother, while popular actor Martin Jennings, playing Rudolph, lost his mother. Both cast members have been absent from rehearsals spending time with their families. GCLT also lost long time member Janis Sheen and Spotlight Theatre lost Austin Reid. In rehearsal is Javeenbah Theatre’s A Kick In The Baubles, and Gold Coast Little Theatre’s Hello, Dolly!, along with Mates Theatre Genesis’ Drinking Habits and Tugun’s Pins and Needles, and We Will Rock You. See you in a crowded foyer.
Dr Amit Sutaria as Krishna and Aarti Bajaj as Meera lead the cast in a full dress rehearsal for Meera.