DUO TO EMBODY LATIN MOVES
Jarryd Byrne and Alarna Donovan headline the list of talented performers taking part in next month’s popular Tyalgum Dance Spectacular
The line-up for this year’s Tyalgum Dance Spectacular is complete, with the performance set to go to stage Saturday, November 10. The Latin American dance segment of the event will be performed by professional Latin champions Jarryd Byrne and Alarna Donovan from Melbourne. Jarryd has competed in three seasons of Channel 7’s Dancing With the Stars, making it to the grand final twice. He’s also toured internationally with Burn the Floor and performed in the national tour of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom the Musical. His partner Alarna Donovan is an Australian Latin American champion and winner of the prestigious Blackpool Rising Star Championships. A new dance partnership, Jarryd and Alarna’s first competition together was in July this year and they have won the Professional Latin title at two major championships since then. Presented in the historic Tyalgum Hall, The Tyalgum Dance Spectacular has emerged as a highlight of the region’s entertainment calendar, attracting audiences from the Northern Rivers and south-east Queensland. Dinner and show packages for the Dance Spectacular are priced at $95 per person and include a two-course pre-show dinner at Flutterbies Cottage cafe. Show tickets are $65 per person. Tickets can be booked at heartsaflame.com or call 0488 713 241. This event might be a good one for local companies seeking to stage Strictly Ballroom. Tweed Theatre Company will present its final show of the year this weekend – a youth variety showcase called Stars of the Future. Tickets are available from Tweed and Murwillumbah information centres, online at tweedtheatre.com.au or on the door at Tweed Heads Civic Centre. Dates are Saturday at 7.30pm and Sunday. Gold Coast Little Theatre held its popular Drinks with the Director on Tuesday night. A packed house saw snippets of GCLT’s forthcoming Broadway blockbuster Hello, Dolly! and heard crew and cast members discuss what’s involved in staging a major musical. The show was first staged in 1964 and has just finished a hugely successful revival on Broadway starring Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters. GCLT’s production opens November 3 for a fiveweek run. An interesting show coming up at Surfers Paradise’s Home of the Arts on November 3 is Love/Hate Actually, a twowoman comedy showdown debating the merits of the 2003 rom-com Love Actually. The show has been performed at Wonderland Festival at the Powerhouse, Perth Fringe World and the Melbourne Fringe. It’s a fantastic show as we get closer to Christmas – because Love Actually is the Christmas movie to end all Christmas movies. In rehearsal this week is Javeenbah Theatre’s A Kick In The Baubles and GCLT’s Hello, Dolly! and Cinderella. Also preparing for the stage is Mates Theatre Genesis’ Drinking Habits, Tugun Theatre Company’s Pins & Needles, and Spotlight Theatre’s We Will Rock You. See you in a crowded foyer.
Jarryd Byrne and Alarna Donovan will star in the Latin American segment of the Tyalgum Dance Spectacular next month.