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

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.

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