BRIAN’S THE BOY
Brian Pamphilon will play flamboyant Aussie entertainer Peter Allen in the Ballina Players’ upcoming production of The Boy From Oz
Local actor Brian Pamphilon has been chosen to play the role of Peter Allen in the Ballina Players’ upcoming production of The Boy From Oz, running November 9 to December 2. The show takes us through the life and music of Peter Allen, from his days as a boy in Armidale to his success on the international stage. Peter, born Peter Woolnough, was raised in Armidale and began his career as a boy entertaining in a local pub. At 16, he moved to the Gold Coast to become part of the Allen Brothers duo and work in a men’s clothing store in Lismore. After being discovered and mentored by Judy Garland, later marrying her daughter Liza, there were ups and downs both in his personal and musical life. Peter is best known for songs I Go To Rio, I Honestly Love You and I Still Call Australia Home. The show will be staged at the Players Theatre on Swift St, Ballina from Friday, November 9. Thursday to Saturday shows will open at 8pm, and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Opening night will be a premium black-tie event with catering and champagne. High demand for these tickets is anticipated. Book tickets through Just Funkin Music on (02) 6686 2440. Gold Coast Little Theatre’s scheduled end of year pantomime Cinderella will now go ahead with a new director. Roger McKenzie held auditions last Saturday, with the cast to be announced in next week’s column. Tickets are on sale now. Also on sale are tickets for GCLT’s forthcoming Hello, Dolly! and they’re going through the roof. The buzz is they’re around 45 per cent sold three weeks out. Tugun Theatre Company bookings are now open for the November production Pins and Needles, a comedy by local playwright Lori Stewart. The action takes place in a hairdressing salon next door to a tattoo shop, and relationships between the staff in both shops are revealed. Director Margaret Radcliffe and her cast are now in the final stages of rehearsal and looking forward to opening night on Thursday, November 8 at 7.30pm (Queensland time), followed by complimentary supper. Pins and Needles continues Thursday, Friday and Saturday until November 24. Matinees are on November 10 and 17 at 2pm. Cabaret seating, BYO drinks and nibbles. Tables of 10 are $15 per person, single adult tickets are $18 per person. Playing at The Gold Palm Theatre Awards announced its finalists in the Youth Stream last week. Nominations for the Jock and Bev McIlwain Special Encouragement Award went to Beenleigh Theatre Group’s Nicolas Van Listenborgh and Amy Last for their roles in Lord of the Flies and Girls In Grey respectively, and Bang! Academy of Performing Arts’ Jade StrainFord for her role in Two Wolves. The finalists for Best Actor or Actress in a Supporting Role in a Youth Production are NAPA’s Annabelle Stevenson for her work in Bring It On, Saint Stephen’s College’s Nicolas Van Listenborgh for his role in Spamalot, and Beenleigh Theatre Group’s Beth Hedt for her role in A Little Princess. Other finalists will be announced on November 26. In rehearsal this week is Javeenbah Theatre’s A Kick In The Baubles and GCLT’s Hello, Dolly!, Mates Theatre Genesis’ Drinking Habits, Tugun’s Pins and Needles, and Spotlight’s We Will Rock You. See you in a crowded foyer real soon.
Brian Pamphilon will play Peter Allen in Ballina Players' production of The Boy From Oz.