Gold Coasters can expect a “fresh take” of Jersey Boys musical

Rehearsals will soon get underway for the upcoming Gold Coast production of Jersey Boys, which will hit the stage at The Star Gold Coast from January 6, 2022.

The hit musical tells the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”

Director Thomas Armstrong – Robley, who will also play the charismatic Tommy DeVito in the show, told myGC the cast is incredible.

“Everyone comes from South East Queensland, we are very proud of that, and with the exception of myself, the Four Seasons are all Gold Coast based,” he said.

Surfers Paradise’s Bryn Jenke will star as Frankie Valli, Main Beach’s Elliot Baker will play quiet bassist Nick Massi and Broadbeach’s Jack Saunders will take on the role of hit song writer Bob Gaudio.

Bryn Jenke, Thomas Armstrong – Robley, Elliot Baker, Jack Saunders. PHOTO: Supplied

“With the cast, we’ve done a few preliminary music calls and have pretty much sung through the show, but we don’t actually kick off full-time rehearsals until the 6th of December. That’s when things really ramp up from an on-stage perspective,” Mr Armstrong – Robley told myGC.

“It’s a huge show, there’s 33 scenes in Act 1 and 18 in Act 2, so it’s a lot of music and it’s really fast paced.

“The whole thing gets put together in about 3 weeks. We have two weeks before Christmas to teach the show, and then we have a week after Christmas before New Year’s to finesse it, and then a week in the theatre to put it all together.

Mr Armstrong – Robley told myGC Gold Coasters can expect a “fresh take” of the musical.

“Jersey Boys is a really popular and beloved show, so the approach we are taking is slightly different to that of the production that you would have seen at QPAC or in Melbourne,” he said.

“This is a redesign, it is a reinterpretation. It’s the same amazing script, it’s the same incredible songs, but the cast is new. The band is actually bigger than the Broadway production too, previous productions have 9 and we have 10, which just gives an extra layer of musical depth.”

Jersey Boys is on at The Star Gold Coast from January 6 – 16, 2022. Book Tickets Now and find out more at jerseyboysmusical.com.au/.

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“Only the start” Another weather system to hit saturated SE Qld

Heavy rainfall may be starting to ease across the South East, but we are being warned the threat of wet weather is far from over.

The Gold Coast has copped a drenching over the past few days, with the hinterland appearing to have taken in the most amount of rain.

Around 125 millimetres has fallen at Upper Springbrook since 9am yesterday, while Currumbin Creek recorded 105mm and Burleigh Waters on the southern Gold Coast had 100mm.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Commissioner Greg Leach said while the heavy rain has subsided, another weather system is forecast to hit next week.

“We’re seeing an easing of rainfall conditions at the moment and hopefully we will get a reprieve over the next couple of days,” Mr Leach said.

“But there is another weather system that comes through next week and now that our catchments are already saturated, whatever rain we get from here on, those river levels are going to rise again very quickly.”

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Mr Leach warned “this is only the start of our severe weather system”.

“We have got a long way to go yet, we’ve got saturated catchments, so we’re probably going to face this situation for the next few months potentially,” he said.

An emergency alert remains in place for Inglewood in the Goondiwindi region, with around 1000 residents evacuated from floodwaters overnight.

“Major flood levels are expected for the MacIntyre Brook catchment in the next four hours,” QFES said in its latest update around midday on Wednesday.

“Properties in the area are likely to experience internal and external flooding.

“Council advises residents to warn neighbours, secure belongings and evacuate to the assembly point at the Inglewood Cemetery immediately.”

Over the past 24 hours, State Emergency Services responded to over 320 requests for assistance, with QFES crews also tasked to a number of swift water rescues.

Sadly, floodwaters have claimed the life of a man near Oakey on Wednesday afternoon, after his vehicle was washed off the road at Yalangur.

It’s prompted officials to issue a desperate plea for motorists to avoid driving through flooded roads.

On the Gold Coast, a number of roads remain under water including Tallebudgera Creek Rd at Tallebudgera Valley, Ruffles Rd at Willow Vale, Birds Rd at Guanaba, Clagiraba Rd at Clagiraba and Hardys Rd at Bonogin.

Horror garbage truck incident leaves mechanic with critical injuries, Gold Coast

There are grave fears for a mechanic who’s become stuck in the back of a garbage truck in Yatala on Tuesday morning.

Emergency services were called to Macpherson Road in Yatala around 10.20 am following reports that a person had become stuck in machinery.

It’s understood the garbage truck had broken down, and the mechanic was working to fix something in the back of the truck before becoming stuck.

There are reports from the scene that the man was crushed and was in critical condition when paramedics arrived around 10.30 am.

Paramedics, police and firefighters all remain on the scene as of 11.00 am.

More to come. 

 

WATCH: See inside the incredible Harris Farm Markets Gold Coast store

Grocery shopping has reached a whole new level, with Harris Farm Markets now open at Capri on Via Roma.

With the freshest fruit and veg from local farmers, more than 500 cheeses, a premium butcher, fishmonger, and even a bread waterfall, it’s a one stop shop for all of your produce and pantry needs.

“The thing about Harris Farm is we make shopping extremely enjoyable. It’s not a task. We always say it’s more market than supermarket,” store manager Matthew Shipley told myGC.

Take a look inside the store in the video below:

As for what what shoppers can expect – here’s a little taste:

  • FRUIT & VEG – more than 500 fruit & veg lines including organics. Some local fruit and veg favourites are gourmet mushrooms from Little Acre in Brisbane, strawberrys from the Sunshine Coast & Caboolture, Toowoomba avocados, as well as crisp lettuces and celery from Redland.
  • CHEESE BOARDWALK – more than 500 cheeses, including a range of vegan and local stars Barambah, Woombye, Olympus and Casa Motta among others.
  • BREAD SOCIAL – the famous Bread Social from Tweed Heads and Byron Bay will be baking fresh breads and pastries from the mezzanine level above, before cascading their goods down to customersvia a conveyor belt.
  • MILK ON TAP – Queensland’s multi-award-winning Maleny Dairy, Barambah Organics milk from the QLD/NSW border region, and Almond Milk from Mandole Orchard on Tap.
  • HONEY ON TAP – the Gold Coast’s famous and family-owned BioSota Manuka honey will literally be liquid gold in the store, with four taps allowing customers to our their own!
  • NUT BUTTERS – self-serve Almond, Peanut and Cashew Butter. Customers can choose the nuts and make the nut butter in store, with nothing else added.
  • PLANT-BASED RANGE – more than 150 plant-based products including Bite Me Fine Foods, Golden Falafel, Suzy Spoon, The Green Lion, Veglicious Kitchen and Wildly Good.
  • NUTS & HEALTH FOOD – a range of almost 50 nuts and seeds, and more than 16 health foods including the organic pioneers Naked Byron Foods and Farmer Jo, both from Mullumbimby.
  • LOOSE COFFEE & TEA – a range of loose coffee beans from locals Lund Coffee Roaster as well as 20 loose teas.
  • PROPER MEAT BUTCHER – home to 9 in-house butchers who believe in doing things the proper way by offering cut to order meats (encouraging nose – to – tail consumptions) from livestock sourced locally including Spring Grove Fresh Food Company based in Casino and Hobbs Organic Chicken farm in Pittsworth.
  • FISH IN THE FAMILY – A traditional Aussie fishmonger with a passion for quality and sustainable seafood, owned and operated by the Papacosta Family since 1976. Some local favourites coming into season are wild barramundi from Far North Cairns, Great Barrier Reef coral trout as well as fresh tiger prawns from the Goldie, just in time for summer.
  • LOCAL STARS – some of South East Queensland’s leading food names in Roza’s Sauces, Frozen Sunshine Ice Blocks, Sweet Nectar desserts, My Berries and edible flowers, among many others.

Mr Shipley told myGC the family owned and operated business also have a great initiative called ‘Imperfect Picks’.

“It’s either larger or smaller fruit that farmers would normally turn into the soil but they sell it to us, and we pass it on to the customer at up to 5o percent cheaper.”

Harris Farm Markets is open 7 days a week from 6am to 9pm at Capri on Via Roma. To find out more, visit: harrisfarm.com.au/

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Harris Farm Markets.

 

 

Fresh COVID alert for Byron after a ‘number’ of positive cases

A new COVID alert has been issued for Byron Bay with New South Wales Health confirming a ‘number’ of positive cases that have been in the region.

Officials haven’t confirmed exactly how many cases have been detected but say they have all since left the area.

The cases are not linked to the Aquarius Backpackers hostel which was forced into lockdown during the week after an unvaccinated staff member tested positive.

Contact tracing is underway, and close contacts are being notified.

NSW Health has identified more than 80 venues in the region as potential exposure sites including in the Byron CBD, the West Byron industrial area and a number of hospitality and tourism venues.

Anyone who has been in the Byron area between November 20 and 25 is urged to get tested.

However, they are not required to isolate while awaiting their test results.

It comes as thousands of NSW school leavers descend on the Byron region for Schoolies celebrations.

The fresh alert has also prompted fresh concerns about plans for a border bubble between northern New South Wales and Queensland when the Sunshine State reopens its borders in a couple of weeks.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed during the week that a bubble was being looked at but did raise concerns about the COVID situation in Byron.