Posts Tagged ‘opening night


Opening Night Style at The Greenhouse: Grounded




Opening night style at The Greenhouse Diane Cilento Studio: Grounded


A comparatively casual opening night affair (we’d dressed up for La Boite’s 90th birthday ball the night before), for some Grounded meant jeans and sweaters and jackets. Still in party mode, I took out the “Noosa Festival Red” stretchy Kookai number and Sachi sandals for the theatre, and later – it got cold at Greystone – my little Red Riding Hood cloak cum coat dress, which I picked up at Woodford Folk Festival a couple of years ago.


Grounded has been extended until August 22 so there’s really no excuse to miss the sensational Libby Munro in a stunning, game-changing role. Read my review here.




Dress: Kookai


Cloak: Shovava


Shoes: Sachi Melissa Black Boot (be quick to get them at sale price!)


Jewels: Blue Illusion







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Opening Night Style: Anything Goes








Opening Night Style at QPAC: Anything Goes



1930s inspired cocktail frocks were on point on Tuesday night at QPAC for the glittering opening night of Opera Australia and John Frost’s Anything Goes. I opted for a more 20s styled Miss Anne because SPARKLES.

The show is as de-lightful, de-licious and de-lovely as you would expect! Read my review here and see it before the ship sails – must finish August 16.



Anything Goes


Dress Code: Cocktail




Dress: Miss Anne via Retournez-vous


Shoes: Guess & Voodoo Glow Toeless #sorrynotsorry


Hair: Suite Three Hair


Poppy wears Origami via Myer and above, vintage jacket from the vault of her bestie, Mira.



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Opening Night Style at QPAC: Mother & Son



Opening night style at QPAC: Mother & Son


Mother & Son on stage, thirty years after the smash hit television series, is a lovely, funny, very enjoyable, surprisingly emotional evening out. Read my review here.


Mother & Son


Dress Code: unofficially a little bit vintage


Pre-show drinks: Russell Street Wine Bar




T-shirt: Death Suite


Pants: Lilya


Shoes: Jane Debster


Jewellery: Renee Blackwell Design


Mum wearing her classic black from the vault. Jewellery from on board the ship whilst cruising the Panama Canal. It’s a Jackie Onassis collection piece, inspired by this piece.


Shoes by trippen.




Opening Night Style at QPAC The Illusionists 1903: the golden age of magic


Opening Night Style at QPAC The Illusionists 1903: The Golden Age of Magic


This year I thought I’d let you know what I’m wearing to the theatre. I’m so often asked by friends planning for a night out at one of our live theatre venues, “What should I wear?” and of course the short answer to that is, “This is Queensland. Wear whatever you like!” But that’s not entirely satisfactory, is it?


C’mon Queensland!


So begins a series – let’s see if we can keep it consistent – to share opening night outfits and some #styleinspo


Now that I’ve given you the heads up, claim your opening night style, and if you want your pic featured here be sure to tag #xsentertainment #whatiwore #openingnightstyle on Instagram.





The Illusionists 1903: The Golden Age of Magic


Dress code: Vintage inspired dress and accessories encouraged!


Unofficial pre-show drinks & tapas: Ole Spanish Restaurant



Skirt: Cue


Top: Zara


Shoes: Joanne Mercer


Necklace: Blue Illusion


Hair: Suite Three

Styled by a week at Woodford Folk Festival


Scarves From The Vault (probs decades-ago-Myer)








It’s Opening Night! (It’s West Side Story but not as you know it!)


After just two preview performances, Sam’s West Side Story opens in Noosa tonight!




I’m excited! And exhausted! I’m even more exhausted just thinking about the rest of the day now, packing fabulous, comfortable gear ie (but sadly, no Harry Potter leggings in my collection yet!) and catching up on some things before I attend opening night, and then getting up before 5am to head to the Gold Coast for the Problogger Training Event (#PBEVENT) at QT GOLD COAST. Yes, I got me my roomie and we’re coming down! Of course, all the other delegates have been talking/blogging about this event for weeks but I haven’t had time to think about it! This morning I took a look at the schedule and planned to attend the following sessions, although who knows what will happen once I’m there and flitting about! It’s supposed to be all about brand, direction and monetisation at this stage…




Keynote – Darren Rowse


Launch Your Freelance Writing Career

Sunset Lounge 9:45am – 10:40am



Valerie Khoo and Kelly Exeter

Informal Q & A session focusing on using a blog to launch your freelance writing career. Opportunity to talk intimately with Valerie Khoo and Kelly Exeter. Bring along your questions and get ready to learn from the experts as well as attendees.


Morning Tea



Sunset Lounge 11:15am – 12:10pm


Informal Q & A session focusing on how to begin monetising your blog. Opportunity to talk with Tsh Oxenreider and Darren Rowse. Bring along your questions and get ready to learn from the experts as well as attendees.


The Step Changers

Pipeline Room 12:15pm – 1:10pm


Three successful bloggers share the turning points in their blogging journeys, from starting out to garnering large followings, site redesigns and making money from their blogs

  • covering different niches of travel / fashion / beauty / lifestyle – information will be relevant to all bloggers
  • content ideas that gather the most traffic
  • product design and learnings from launches
  • how to manage your time effectively on social media – knowing which platforms to focus on
  • Diversifying sources of income on your blog
  • how to work with brands
  • Networking – why networking in real life is so important




Creating Your First EBook

Pipeline Room 2:15pm – 3:10pm



The Fortune Cookie Principle

Sunset Room 2:15pm – 3:10pm



Reinventing Yourself

Pipeline Room 3:15pm – 4:10pm


What happens when you want to change direction?

Sometimes it feels like the Internet changes faster than you can blink. But sometimes you also feel like you’re stuck in a rut with your online presence. How do you know when it’s time for a change? Yes, change is risky—but it’s essential if you want to keep loving what you do. Tsh will share what she’s learned this past year when she massively changed her well-established brand, along with practical tools, ideas, and inspiration to help you reinvent your online space.


Afternoon Tea


Keynote – How to do What You Want – Clare Bowditch

Pipeline Room 4:45pm – 5:30pm

Hilton drinks and networking



Keynote – Living in the Now – Trey Ratcliff

Trey Ratcliff is a photographer, artist, writer and adventurer with over 10 million social media followers. Each day, Trey posts a new photo to his website,, which receives over half a million monthly page views. While those attributes now define who Trey is today, that wasn’t always the case. Trey will share some of the more traumatic and embarrassing stories from his past that helped shape his perspective on art and life; and how photography changed everything for him. You will be encouraged and inspired to make the most of your talents and passion right now.


Affiliate Marketing – Darren Rowse

Sunset Room 10:30am – 11:25am



Affiliate marketing – Darren Rowse will take you through the basics to earning revenue through affiliate marketing, then talk with a panel of experts on how to best make money with affiliate programs via your blog.


Morning Tea


Blogging to build your small business and your Brand

Sunset Room 12:00pm – 12:55pm


Blogging is a powerful yet low-cost way to position you as a leader on your industry, convert more customers and generate more revenue streams. This session will help you:

  • Map out a blueprint on your blogging strategy (depending on what stage you are at in business – new, growing, established)
  • Determine what your blog can achieve for your business
  • Find your “brand” voice
  • Tell your “power stories”
  • Figure out whether you should include video or audio podcasts (with clear take-away instructions on how to create them)
  • Leverage opportunities to write books and speaking opportunities
  • Build your audience and brand by connecting with other bloggers and influencers.




Video: Create, Edit, Publish

Sunset Room 2:00pm – 2:55pm


How to make video content on your iPhone / iPad and the key ingredients to making something people want to watch!
From filming tips to editing you can make something moving and informative with just your iPhone or iPad.


Google Analytics

Sunset Room 3:00pm – 3:55pm


If you’re not tracking it you can’t improve it. Google Analytics is more than page views, unique visitors and referral links. Find out how to setup your Google Analytics to track conversions, measure “assists” and work out how to make more money from your blog through science.


Afternoon Tea


Closing Remarks – Darren Rowse

Pipeline Room 4:30pm – 5:00pm



So. There you have it. My big plan for #PBEVENT! I’m hoping I can make some decisions about this blog and The Other Blog and be better able to schedule time for each, although that is something maybe no one can help me with! As long as there’s also some time over the weekend to settle poolside for a while…


If you missed a ticket you can attend VIRTUALLY (I’m not an affiliate, just thought you should know).


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Anyway, there’s a heap to do before that! We’ve enjoyed lots of local publicity already for West Side Story and for good reason – this show is something different! I saw the first preview on Tuesday night and I’m looking forward to seeing it run faster and slicker tonight! If you can still get a ticket (the season is more than 90% sold!), go see some of our newest talent taking to the stage alongside some of our most respected Sunshine Coast performers, including Frank Wilkie, Stephen Moore and Ian Mackellar. This is the most exciting Noosa Arts Theatre production since Influence and when everybody else is talking about it too you’ll be glad you didn’t miss it!


West Side Story opens tonight. Season continues 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30pm. Matinees 15 & 22 at 2pm and 28 at 1pm.Bookings online




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A Give Away – Win a Double Pass to Bat Boy: the Musical!

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Underground Productions presents the musical comedy hit Bat Boy: The Musical, the hilariously dark tale of a half-boy, half-bat discovered living in a cave, and the obstacles he faces as he tries to integrate into a small, rural town in West Virginia.


It’s an explosively entertaining take on how we fear the strange and unknown, set against a score that mixes rock with contemporary musical theatre.  With elements of satire, comedy-horror, irony and forbidden love, Bat Boy is a thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining work that has garnered massive critical and public acclaim, including the Outer Critics Circle Award for best off-Broadway musical in 2001.


Because we loved Underground’s Urinetown so much we want you to see Bat Boy: The Musical so we’re giving away a double pass to the opening night performance on Friday August 30 at The Schonell! Just tell us in the comments section below the best thing about Brisbane theatre!




Matilda Award nominee Alex Feifers jumped at the opportunity to direct this exciting, yet challenging show.  Undaunted by the imposing text, she says “The real challenge is perfectly balancing the dark and dramatic themes with the comedic irony and wit.  But backed by such a strong creative team and crew, not to mention the stellar cast, I have a big feeling this is going to be the highlight of the local Brisbane musical theatre scene this year.”


By the writer of the recent hit Legally Blonde The Musical, Underground Productions couldn’t be more proud and excited to present the Queensland premiere of Bat Boy: The Musical, running from August 29 until September 7.




About Underground Productions:

Underground Productions is the University of Queensland’s resident theatre group.  It has been running (under different names) since the 1970′s, with artists such as Geoffrey Rush and Bille Brown beginning their careers with the company.  Since its venue transition to the wonderful 440 seat Schonell Theatre in 2010, Underground has evolved to produce some of Brisbane’s finest theatre, whilst still maintaining its close-knit and fun-loving attitude.  Along with 4 mainhouse shows a year, Underground Productions provides opportunities for all things theatre, including drama workshops, backstage crew training, arts festivals, and an annual musical.


Underground also strives to showcase original works that the talented Brisbane community has to offer and provides a thorough sense of fun to both members and audiences alike.


N.B. The story deals with many dark and mature themes.  Although respectfully handled and often punctuated with humour, we nevertheless recommend that audience member be at least 15 years of age.  There will also be strobe lighting effects, and loud sound effects and music.


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Performance Dates:

Thursday – August 29 at 7:30pm – PREVIEW NIGHT1

Friday – August 30 at 7:30pm – OPENING NIGHT*

Saturday – August 31 at 2:30pm

Saturday – August 31 at 7:30pm

Tuesday – September 3 at 7:30pm – STUDENT SPECIALS2

Wednesday – September 4 at 7:30pm

Thursday – September 5 at 7:30pm

Friday – September 6 at 7:30pm

Saturday – September 7 at 2:30pm

Saturday – September 7 at 7:30pm – CLOSING NIGHT

*After the opening night performance, stick around for free food, drinks, live music and a meet-and-greet with the cast and crew


$20 for adults / $18 for students / $15 for Underground Members
Tickets available from July 15 and can be booked online:


1 $18/15/12 tickets for adults/students/members on Preview Night


2Students and members pay only $12 on Student Night


For your chance to win the opening night Double Pass follow this blog, like us on Facebook and tell us in the comments section below what you love about Brisbane theatre! Winner will be notified via email and announced on our Facebook page.



4 Seasons in One Night Starring Bobby Fox

4 Seasons in 1 Night Starring Bobby Fox

The Noosa Long Weekend Festival

Bobby Fox

The J Theatre

14th & 15th June 2013


 Reviewed by Xanthe Coward



Wow! Bobby Fox is a superb showman and a true gentleman.



Bobby Fox. Image by Kurt Sneddon.

One of the hardest working, and nicest guys in Aussie showbiz, Irish-born Bobby Fox stopped by The J Theatre in Noosa last night to perform his show 4 Seasons in 1 Night for the Noosa Long Weekend Festival opening night celebration. If you can steal still get tickets online for tonight’s encore performance DO IT!


Bobby Fox is outstanding.


Following the fun and formalities of the official launch, including flowing drinks and delicate canapés, as well as the obligatory social pics (check out The Sunday Mail, Noosa News and The Noosa Long Weekend Festival Facebook page), a well-dressed capacity crowd headed downstairs and into The J Theatre for a night of broad smiles, toe-tapping, and singing and dancing in the aisles.


The super talented and mischievous Bobby Fox turned on the charm and won over the opening night audience even as he made his entrance onto The J stage, and made his mark on the well known, much loved songs of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, made all the more popular, all over again, by the success of the award-winning smash hit musical Jersey Boys.


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Bobby was handpicked by Franki Valli to play Franki Valli so we always knew he’d be convincing in the role, both vocally and physically. However, this is not simply a tribute show, or a nostalgic “this is what I sang then” kinda’ show, although there is a more than a hint of nostalgia to the performance, since Bobby had the time of his life being involved in the show and generously shares intimate details about his hard work and perspective throughout the incredible journey. In fact, 4 Seasons in 1 Night cleverly pieces together just about the entire creative process of a performer, from pre-audition ambition, to determining when might be the right time to leave the show and move on. Of course it’s fascinating to performers and non-performers alike. Bobby tells all as if we were comfortably sitting around, down at the cosy local together (although, it’s no longer Irish themed, is it, that pub on the corner?). The patter is therefore pretty seamless, giving us plenty of laughs and insight into life as a Jersey Boy.


With the unwavering support of a slick band, and the impressive vocals of Josie Lane and Tom Sharah, Bobby’s show runs smoothly and quickly through a catalogue of hits, to which most of which the audience enjoy singing along. It was the reprise of Oh What a Night that got ‘em up dancing in the aisles, which is a rare sight in Noosa. But when a performer is so polished and relaxed on stage, even in the most impossible skinny black neoprene pants – Bobby sprayed them on during interval – you can’t help but go along for the ride.


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Bobby has all the moves, and now that he no longer has to commit to merely (and I don’t mean merely as in there is little effort to the task, quite the contrary, obviously), impersonating Franki Valli, he can sing the songs his way. His falsetto is strong and self-assured, as you must expect, and his lower register is just gorgeous. Actually, look, Bobby is just gorgeous. With a Robbie Williams Swing When You’re Winning thing going on, and a knack for connecting instantly with audience members as part of his showmanship, it was no surprise to see Bobby swamped by fans with iPhones in their hands right after the show, which he loved! And we loved!


Thanks to Barry Alsop (Eyes Wide Open Images), the Festival Photographer, you can see even better pics now than you will have seen at the time, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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This is one of the best aspects of The Noosa Long Weekend Festival- the stage door comes to you. That’s right. Head to the bar after a show at The J and in the short time it takes to get a drink, the artists are bound to appear and enjoy a chat with you. Bobby’s generousity after a stellar performance absolutely sealed the deal for me – Bobby Fox is winning in Noosa.


The bar has been set high with one of the best launch events The Noosa Long Weekend has ever seen. The J Theatre has never looked and sounded better, and all augers well for a spectacular festival!


Saturday 15th June at the Festival

Ifilmaking workshops, Ramona Koval literary event, Creative Writing workshop, Circa Zoo’s show ‘Wonderland’, One Act Play Festival, Show me the Magic Don McAlpine documentary, China Forum, The Flinders Quartet and the second performance of Bobby Fox (of Jersey Boys Australia & Hot Shoe Shuffle fame!) Tickets or door sales at The J.


Images by Festival Photographer Barry Alsop Eyes Wide Open IMAGES


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