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Snow holiday happenings in Japan at Kiroro

Kiroro, is in the heart of Japan’s Hokkaido Golden Triangle, invites travelers to celebrate snow holidays with perfect powder, 5-star accommodations and all-inclusive ski-and-play packages for the entire family. Kiroro regularly sees more than 20 metres of snow each year, the most in Japan and more than most ski areas around the world. Best of all, Kiroro has fewer crowds and shorter lift lines. Kiroro is a destination for skiers and boarders of all levels will find plenty to love on the resort’s with 22 ski runs, hundreds of acres of tree skiing, and a terrain park – all without the long lines of nearby resorts. Kiroro offers a choice of luxury accommodations ranging from award-winning reso

Brisbane’s Metro Arts to move to new premises

In 2020, Metro Arts will celebrate 40 years of creating, developing and presenting new Australian work across performance and exhibitions with a major festival and a planned move to new premises. Metro Arts’ new vision for the next 40 years was unveiled at a public meeting on Monday night and promises to be as bold, brave and daring as its artists and audiences. As CEO and Creative Director Jo Thomas said: “Metro Arts is not just a building, it’s a dynamic multi-arts organisation and suite of creative services deserving of an inspiring, well-maintained, inclusive and accessible home. “It’s time for a bold new direction and a new, modern, fit-for-purpose home will allow us to refocus our prio

Review - Alondra conducts Mahler 3: one hour 45 minutes of magical music

The huge orchestra, and right, Alondra de la Parra in full flight. Alondra conducts Mahler 3 Queensland Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Alondra de la Parra Concert Hall Queensland Performing arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Concert performed on November 24. This was simply a triumph. I have never seen such an audience reaction in the Concert hall: a five minute standing ovation, cheers, bravos and stamping feet greeted the end if this glorious symphony. It was more like a rock concert that a symphony night out., The incredible Alondra de la Parra fronted more than 100 musicians, two huge choirs, and mezzo soprano Lilli Paasikivi and led them through six movements of the one hour 45 minutes of

Review - Avenue Q: I laughed until I cried

Avenue Q Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx Book by Jeff Whitty Presented by Brisbane Arts Theatre Petrie Terrace Brisbane Season: 10 November to 22 December 2018. Bookings; www.artstheatre.com.au or (07) 3369 2344 Avenue Q is the story of Princeton, who has just left college with a BA in English, and has no idea of what he wants to do in life. He doesn’t have a job and is seeking his purpose. He winds up on Avenue Q looking for an apartment to rent, having started at Avenue A, which was out of his price range. Here he meets an interesting bunch of characters who share the apartment building, including Gary Coleman, former child celebrity and now building superintendent. A mix of

Sydney review: Company: all-round theatre experience

Above: The ensemble. Right: Ileana Pipitone and Brendan Paul. Photos by Clare Hawley Company Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by George Furth Directed By Julie Baz A Depot Theatre Production Limelight On Oxford 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW Season: 14 November – 1 December. Bookings: http://www.limelightonoxford.com.au If you think that the old saying ‘two’s company, three’s a crowd’ is still apt, you may need to think again once you have seen Company, currently playing at the quaint bar and theatre Limelight on Oxford. Described as a “trailblazer of the dark comedy musical”, this production is one of the most enjoyable musicals I’ve seen lately. Company is all about Robert,

Sydney review: Broadway Bound: a wonderful story

Above: Les Asmussen and Patrick Holman. Below left Brett Heath and Simon Lee and below right: Suzann James Broadway Bound By Neil Simon Directed By Rosane Mcnamara A New Theatre Production New Theatre 542 King Street Newtown NSW Season: 13 November – 15 December. Bookings: www.newtheatre.org.au Put two highly ambitious 20-something sketch writers together with a loving, house proud mother; a hard-working but unfaithful husband and father; a slightly cantankerous, socialist grandfather and you have the beginnings of some very interesting family dynamics. Then place them in a New York Jewish neighbourhood and you have Broadway Bound. This is the third instalment of a trilogy of stories loose

Review – BTC’s Oklahoma: still fresh and a joy to watch

Curly McLain (Connor Hawkins) and Laurey Williams (Samantha Paterson) Oklahoma! Music by Richard Rodgers Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Presented by Beenleigh Theatre Group Crete Street Theatre Beenleigh Season: 16 November to 1 December. Booking: beenleightheatregroup.com/booking/ or: 07 3807 3922 Oklahoma is a romance story written by Rodgers and Hammerstein just towards the end of WWII. It is set in the mid-west of America, at the turn of the 20th century, when Oklahoma was still a territory. It tells the story of Curly, a cowman, and Laurey, a farmer’s daughter, who are smitten with each other. Laurey however is making Curly do the hard yards to win her affection. There is also

Review – Hedda: a powerful piece of work

Above: Bridie Carter, Danielle Cormack and Jason Klarwein. Below: Danielle Cormack and Joss McWilliam. Bottom: Jimi Bani. More photos follow the review. Hedda A reimagining of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler By Melissa Bubnic Directed by Paige Rattray Queensland Theatre Bille Brown Theatre 78 Montague Road South Brisbane Season: November 10-December 8: Duration 100 minutes without interval. Bookings: 1800 356 528 or www.queenslandtheatre.com.au Go ahead punk, make her day! You don’t mess with this gun-toting lady. Melissa Bubnic’s Hedda Gabler is no victim. She’s a scheming ruthless woman from upper middle class who marries for money into a drug dealing dynasty on the Gold Coast and moves into pure

Review - A Kick in the Baubles: familiar mix of angst and humour

Above: Milly (Sarah Hunt), Doreen (Del Halpin) and Jean (Shelley Jacks). Right: Doreen ((Del Halpin) Harry (Clem Halpin), Frank (Peter Maden) and Jean (Shelley Jacks). A Kick in the Baubles By Gordon Steel. Directed by Dawn China. Javeenbah Theatre Company Cnr Stevens & Ferry Streets, Nerang Queensland Runs until July 28. Bookings: www.javeenbah.org.au The Javeenbah Theatre Company’s Christmas comedy-cum-family drama, A Kick in the Baubles, is one of those seasonal shows designed to showcase family tensions over the festive season. Director Dawn China has brought together a first rate cast and crew to help unravel the tetchy relationships within the Baubles family. The result is a familiar m

Review - Hello, Dolly: Broadway vintage classic

Above: set to go. Right: Dolly (Amy McDonald ) and Horace (Grant Ebeling) Hello, Dolly! Book by Michael Stewart Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman Directed by Kate Peters Choreography Tess Burke, Bruce Harris, Tracey Kriz, Kim Reynolds Vocal Coach Tracey Kriz Gold Coast Little Theatre 21A Scarborough St Southport Runs until December 1. Bookings: www.gclt.com.au or ring 5646717 Hello, Dolly! - which turned 54 this year – is by any standards a Broadway vintage classic, which continues to be a hot ticket musical theatre item. So it should come as no surprise to see stalwart director Kate Peters returning to the Gold Coast Little Theatre with this tried and true package. Kate, who describes Doll

Megan Washington and Sara Storer Compose For Queensland

Above: Megan Washington and below: Sarah Storer Opera Queensland will premiere a new music project in the Longreach Qantas Founders Museum on Saturday 24 November, with Composed in Queensland. Students from 11 regional schools, including Longreach School of Distance Education, are working with Opera Queensland and guest artists, Megan Washington and Sara Storer, to craft songs that celebrate what they love about growing up in the Central West region. The singer-songwriters began workshopping ideas with the budding composers via video conferencing sessions in late October alongside Music Director Jason Barry-Smith, soprano Irena Lysiuk and Opera Queensland’s Head of Learning, Regional and Com

Review - Towards Zero: Intriguing, fun-filled evening

Above: (from left): Daren King, Brian Hinselwood, Mark Scott and Erik deWit. Below: Brad Oliver and Liz Best. Bottom Mark Scott and Alison Lees. Photos by Dan Ryan. Towards Zero By Agatha Christie and Gerald Verner Directed by Kurt A Lerps Centenary Theatre Group Chelmer Community Hall Corner Queenscroft and Halsbury Streets Chelmer Season: November 10-December 1. Bookings: www.centenarytheatre.com.au or phone 0435 591 720. Running time: approx two hours 10 minutes with interval. Agatha Christie’s whodunits are always fun and Centenary’s excellent production of Towards Zero is no exception. A well-balanced cast created believable characters; they were very well dressed in period, the 1930s,

Sydney review: No Sex Please – We’re British: light-hearted fun and bawdy gags

Front (L–R): Mark Massingham, Suzannah Mangan, Joel Baltaks, Heloise Tolar Back (L–R): John Courtney, Michael Niccol EndFragment No Sex Please – We’re British By Anthony Marriott and Alister Foot A Richmond Players Production Directed by Carol Wimmer Richmond School of Arts 26 West Market Street, Richmond Season: November 10 – 24. Bookings: secretary@richmondplayers.com.au Put the word ‘sex’ in the title of any production and you are sure to get a full house. And so, the good people of the Hawkesbury turned out in droves last Saturday for the opening night of No Sex Please – We’re British. Written by Anthony Marriott and Alistair Foot, the story is set in the loungeroom of a small

Sydney review - The Norman Conquests: Table Manners: delivers on performances, and entertainment

Above: Matilda Ridgway, Brian Meegan, Danielle Carter and Sam O’Sullivan. Below right: Yolin Ozucelik and Brian Meegan. Bottom right: Rachel Gordon. Photos by Prudence Upton. The Norman Conquests: Table Manners By Alan Ayckbourn Directed by Mark Kilmurry An Ensemble Theatre Production Ensemble Theatre 78 McDougall Street Kirribilli Season: 19 October 2018 – 12 January 2019, Bookings: (02) 9929 0644 or https://boxoffice.ensemble.com.au If only dining tables could talk. Imagine all the secrets they could reveal from a lifetime of hosting family gatherings! In the aptly titled Table Manners, playwright Alan Ayckbourn uses one set over four scenes and two acts to spin an enthralling domestic ya

The Westin: a first taste of Brisbane’s newest hotel’s menu

Right: a welcoming glass of Italian fizz in The Charles'. Brisbane’s newest five star hotel, The Westin at 111 Mary Street opens its doors for business on Thursday, November 8 and already has the house full sign up for Monday the 12th ! But it’s not all about rooms; food, wine and entertainment are very much on the menu. Eden’s Table is the hotel’s signature restaurant, then there is The Charles’, an aviation inspired jazz bar that switches from café by day to wine and cocktail bar by night; and also The Nautilus, Brisbane’s first swim up bar which has panoramic views of the city. I was one the lucky guests to be invited to a pre-opening sample of the Eden’s Table food, which, the hotel boas

Westin set for Queensland debut with new hotel in Brisbane

The Westin Brisbane, part of Marriott International, will open its doors on November 8, revealing a unique urban retreat for the river city. The hotel is the first for the Westin brand in Queensland and will bring a new level of health and wellness offerings, three dining outlets and resort style facilities to the Brisbane CBD. ͞Brisbane has emerged as a sophisticated and vibrant city and The Westin Brisbane will be a welcome addition to the fabric of the city, said Brad Mercer, General Manager, The Westin Brisbane. ͞The hotel will be well positioned to service both domestic and international travellers seeking a hotel that focuses on health and well-being, whilst providing a high level of s

Queensland Theatre to close year with Danielle Cormack in Hedda

Above: Danielle Cormack and Bridie Carter Opening on Saturday 10 November in the new Bille Brown Theatre, Queensland Theatre’s season finale, Hedda showcases a trio of talented women. Danielle Cormack is ready to tackle one of drama's greatest heroines. Playwright Melissa Bubnic has the turn of phrase and black humour to bring a 19th century classic into the 2000s, and Paige Rattray wll be directing. In Queensland Theatre’s Hedda we see Ibsen’s fiercest leading lady land poolside on the Gold Coast! The story: Hedda Gabler is railing against her life. She didn’t marry drug slinger George Tesman so she could play housewife in a monstrous Gold Coast mansion with white leather couches, blingy ch

Review - High Society Villanova Players’ High Society: Bubbled along

Right: True Love - Louella Baldwin as Tracey and Michael McNish as Dexter. Photo by Dan Kennedy. High Society Music and lyrics by Cole Porter Additional lyrics by Susan Birkenhead Book by Arthur Copit Directed by Jacqueline Kerr and Helen Ekundayo Musical Director Sean Fagan Choreographer: Helen Ekundayo Villanova Players Seven Hills Theatre Tallowwood Street & Griffith Place (Off Clearview Terrace) Seven Hills Qld 4170 Season: Until November 11. Bookings: www.trybooking.com Villanova Players made a good fist of their production of High Society. It looked good, with classy frocks and suits, courtesy of costume designers Desley Nichols and Lia Surrentino, and clean-lined stage settings. There

Review - Neon Tiger: a delightful piece of theatre

The Neon Tiger Bar - with Arisa (Courtney Stewart) and Andy (Lisa Hanley. Photo by Dylan Evans. Neon Tiger By Julia-Rose Lewis Music by Gillian Cosgriff Directed by Kat Henry La Boite Theatre Company in Association with the Brisbane Powerhouse The Roundhouse Theatre Kelvin Grove Brisbane Season: October 27-November 17. Duration: 90 minutes, no interval. Bookings: 07 3007 8600 or www.laboite.com.au Neon Tiger is a neat little one-act play that, with words and music, sticks happily in the mind. It is a delightful piece that fully deserved the rapturous opening night reception it received. It’s funny and dramatic in parts and has the simplest of plots: it tells the story of ten days in the live

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