DOLLY AWAITS

Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre’s pro­duc­tion of the Broad­way block­buster Hello, Dolly! opens on Satur­day night so jump in and get tick­ets now

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

Open­ing this Satur­day night is the highly an­tic­i­pated Broad­way block­buster Hello, Dolly! at Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre. With a star-stud­ded cast of prin­ci­pal play­ers, the show will run for five week­ends through­out No­vem­ber. Play­ing the lead is award-win­ning ac­tor Amy McDon­ald, sup­ported by vet­eran ac­tor Grant Ebel­ing and a cast of lu­mi­nar­ies, in­clud­ing Louise Har­ris (from South Pa­cific, Mack & Mabel), Ka­t­rina Lard­ner (from Pic­cadilly Olde Time Mu­sic Hall, All Shook Up), Martin Jen­nings (from Phan­tom of the Opera, Young Franken­stein) and many oth­ers. Tick­ets are on sale now on­line or at 5532 2096. This week Spot­light Theatre opened the long-awaited mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion We Will Rock You. Dress­ing Roomers heard that one of the lead ac­tors was taken down with a bad knee the day of open­ing and couldn’t go on. Lo­cal lead­ing man Jack­son Brash ar­rived back from New Zealand just in time to do a two-hour re­hearsal, stepped into the breach and got a stand­ing ova­tion. Jack­son used a script through­out, only seen for the first time three hours be­fore, but his skills re­lat­ing the words made the script dis­ap­pear to an au­di­ence will­ing him on. Tra­di­tion­ally a dance cap­tain, Ge­or­gia Beck who played lead­ing fe­male role Scaramouch, was a lovely singer. For­mer The Voice con­tes­tant and Gold Coast per­former Charne Louise was also an in­cred­i­ble pres­ence on the stage. The band of two gui­tars, bass, key­board and drums recre­ated all of Queen’s most iconic hits, with the au­di­ence par­tic­i­pat­ing in all the right places. The pace was re­lent­less and the en­ergy elec­tric. We Will Rock You runs un­til No­vem­ber 11. Tick­ets are avail­able on­line or at 5539 4255. Spare a thought for casts who are too busy with their own shows to see oth­ers on the Coast – di­rec­tors of both Javeen­bah’s A Kick In The Baubles and Hello, Dolly! have been work­ing over­time to come up with a time each cast can visit the other. GCLT was part of the Open House In re­hearsal this week is Javeen­bah Theatre’s A Kick In The Baubles, GCLT’s Hello, Dolly! and pan­tomime Cin­derella. Mates Theatre Gen­e­sis is re­hears­ing for Drink­ing Habits, Tu­gun Theatre Com­pany is pre­par­ing for Pins & Nee­dles, and Spot­light is show­ing We Will Rock You. See you in a crowded foyer real soon.

A scene from Gold Coast Lit­tle Theatre's pro­duc­tion of Hello, Dolly! open­ing this week­end.

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