Brian Pam­philon will play flam­boy­ant Aussie en­ter­tainer Peter Allen in the Bal­lina Play­ers’ up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of The Boy From Oz

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

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.

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