theatre s presents 'Cosi'

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  • Location: Lake Kawana Community Centre, Bokarina, Not Assigned 0000 Queensland

theatre s is a non-profit co-operative theatre company taking theatre and cabaret to intimate venues on the Sunshine Coast. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated. S for Simple...Sharp...Stylish.
Patrons: David and Kristin Williamson

theatre s presents

By Louis Nowra
"When chasing your dreams... it helps to be a little crazy!"

Cosi Cast
Director Kayte New, after feeling like she was being sent crazy by the audition process herself, has selected the cast of Cosi, by Louis Nowra. Sent crazy by the number of talented people who auditioned and the number of permutations that could have been used and the number of rejections (and who likes rejection) simply because someone hasn't the right appearance! But cast it is, and with rehearsals about to begin, craziness turns to excitement at the discoveries to be made during the next phase of the production.

In the highly sort after role of Lewis, the young man taking on the task of directing a play with mental institution patients, will be Nathan Cox; his cynical girlfriend Lucy will be played by Samantha O'Connor; their friend and house mate Nick, by Ben Powney, who will also play the Social Worker Justin; as Roy, the dreamer who insist on performing the Mozart Opera Cosi Fan Tutte, Robert Taylor; with Stephen Moore as the stuttering Henry; Justin Evers as the pyromaniac "go-burn-a-cat" Doug; Samantha Abt as the ever-cheerful but also menacing Cherry; Katrina Lezaic as Julie the drug-addicted love interest; Nicki Owen as Ruth, who "can handle something being an illusion or real but not at the same time"; and Tim Roy as Zac the piano-accordion playing accompanist who wants to turn the Mozart opera into a Wagnerian one!

Cosi will be performed at:

Lind lane Theatre, 16 Mitchell St, Nambour on May 19 & 20 at 8pm and May 20 at 2pm. Bookings phone 5441 1814.

Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Rd, Noosaville on May 25, 26, 27, June 1, 2, and 3 at 8pm and May 28 at 2pm. Credit card bookings (fees apply) phone 5442 5362, on-line, or at the theatre on Saturday morning from 9am to midday.

Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sportsman's Parade, Bokarina on June 9 & 10 at 8pm. Credit card bookings (fees apply) phone 5442 5362, or on-line.

Buderim War Memorial Hall, cnr Gloucester Rd and Main St, Buderim on June 16, 17, 23 & 24 at 8pm and June 24 at 2pm. Bookings phone 5445 2515.

Tickets cost $27 Adult, $22 Concession and the Cut Price Matinees $20.

Cut Price Matinees available:

Photo: Justin Evers, Nathan Cox and Katrina Lezaic audition for parts in Cosi
Photo by : Stephen Moore

theatre s
PO Box 429, Noosa Heads, 4567
Phone/fax: 61 7 5449 2625; Mobile 0411 682 902; eMail:; website:

Ben Powney (Nick/Justin)
Ben's most recent appearance on stage was as Dayle Kerrigan in the Jally Productions hit The Castle last January. But if you've been to Australia Zoo lately, you might well recognize Ben as a Steve Irwin impersonator and MC at the Animal Planet Crocoseum. He was also Co-MC of the Arena Spectacular for the Sunshine Coast Show in Nambour last year. Prior to that Ben worked on many of Australia's most popular TV series including Neighbours; Blue Heelers and Halifax FP, several commercials, and several musicals with Leongatha Lyric Theatre in Victoria.

Justin Evers (Doug)
Justin moved to the Coast in 2004. He started acting in 2002 as Gaz in, The Full Monty. He then scored a part in, Bridget Jones Diary, as the gay friend. He went on to play Dennis in, The Castle. He played Malvolio in Twelfth Night; Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; and Malt Shop Angle in Grease. He then played Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show; Mitch in A Street Car Named Desire; and finally Thesius in A Midsummer Nights Dream.

Nicki Owen (Ruth)
Nicki's initial involvement with the theatre was through La Boite Youth Theatre. She participated in 2 years of acting classes at QUT. Since moving to the Coast 5 years ago, she was first involved with Coolum Theatre Players and was in a number of their performances, including Dimboola. She has been involved in many plays with Airmar Theatre in Coolum, with the most recent performances being, The Killing of Sister George; Molly; and Summer of the 17th Doll.

Katrina Lezaic (Julie)
Katrina scored her first theatrical role at age 5 in, Henny Penny, playing a chicken with a stocking over her head. From there she moved onto experimental theatre. At age 9 she played a wild monster with a self made face mask complete with a third eye, which had a spiritual purpose. The monsters all spoke in tongue and lived together on an island. She was given her first speaking role at age 14 playing Marianne in Arthur Miller's, Playing For Time. She then went on to play "Lady India", in Jean Anouilth's Ring Round the Moon; Lady Macbeth in Macbeth; Owiser Bourdreaux in Steel Magnolias; and Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra. She played Old Gabbo in Merchant of Venice; Kate in Taming of the Shrew; Jill in Butterflies are Free; and the woman in Feet of Clay. Katrina joined Pact Theatre in 2001 for a year, and produced Hamlet. Her most recent role is mother to her son.

Tim Roy (Zac)
Tim has been involved in many genre's of performance. He appeared as an extra in the ABC production, Clowning Around, and also in Tales of the South Seas by Village Roadshow, for the Ten Network. He has appeared in a number of television commercials, including Westpac Bank, Whitsunday Tourism, Lindeman Island, and Hamilton Island Tourism. His stage plays include, Jordan's Wife, playing the lead role of Jordan; Ma Baker's Still, playing Officer McDougal; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, as Kuhunika; and in Pharaoh's Wife, playing the Pharaoh.

director­Kayte New
Kayte has an Associate Diploma in Drama Teaching from Trinity College (London) and a Certificate III in Community Service (Youth Work) from Teen Challenge Queensland. She has 15 years experience as an actor (including the Noosa LongWeekend 2002­Charitable Intent and King of the Ice Cream Mountain last January) and more recently as a director, including 5 years Theatre-in-Education and 9 years as a Youth Worker. Amongst Kayte's credits as a director are: Heart in Danger (with which she toured and spoke to over 3,000 students on the Sunshine Coast from 1997 to 1999), Pinafore Pirates and Eye of the Storm. Currently Kayte is running the New Drama Studio and NDS Actors Agency.

Stephen Moore (Henry)
Stephen's theatrical history stretches back to 1977 in Sydney, where he was involved (as a teenager!) in a local group performing original plays and musicals. After studying at the Graham Corry School of Acting, Stephen performed with several groups. Upon arriving in Noosa in 1989, he joined Noosa Arts Theatre, performed with Lind Lane Theatre Nambour and then joined the Independent Theatre at Eumundi as a foundation member in 1993 before setting up theatre s in 2001 and re-joining Noosa Arts in 2002. Stephen's body of work covers most aspects of theatre: producer, lighting and sound technician, backstage, onstage, and FOH; and styles of performance from theatre restaurant to musicals, comedy to drama, one-act and full-length.

Samantha O'Connor (Lucy)
Samantha has been a NDS student for over eight years. She was involved in the 2004 production of Keep Everything You Love (a theatre s production), as the understudy for Emma and stage managing. She has been working at NDS Actors now for three years, and is currently working towards her Diploma of Performance through Trinity College.

Nathan Cox (Lewis)
Nathan's love for performing began at age 7 when he first learned to play the trumpet for the school band. His musical talents excelled through primary school and into high school in which he excelled in saxophone, clarinet, flute and bassoon. While studying at Noosa District High School, he became heavily involved in performing arts and participated in many choirs, bands, and in 2004 he starred in the High School production of Disco Inferno. After completing High School, with music and drama being his strongest subjects, he is hoping to incorporate one or both of these fields into his career in the future. Following a second year break from study, he intends to return to study and to enrol in a Bachelor of Drama/ Bachelor of Education degree next year.

Samantha Abt (Cherry)
According to her mother, Samantha started performing regularly by about 12 months of age, but didn't hit the stage until the age of 7 as "Abednigo" in a
church musical, It's Cool in the Furnace. Her love of 'centre stage' has never waned and she occasionally performs in 'legitimate theatre' rather than just at home. She participated in the La Boite Junior Theatre Drama Workshops, performed at World Expo '88, with Griffith University Players, Queensland Musical Theatre and Brisbane Arts Theatre. Started dancing at age 5 and is still dancing at Studio 2 Lea-Anne Grevett School of Performing Arts. Cosi is her first foray into theatre since the birth of her first child almost 11 years ago. Samantha enjoys theatre these days as an opportunity for adult contact!

Robert Taylor (Roy)
Robert has been acting on the Sunshine Coast since 1997. He has appeared in many roles in most genre's: musicals, comedy and drama. He has won both awards and critical acclaim as evidenced in his reviews by the Sunshine Coasts former critic Ian Austin. Some of Robert's roles have included Oklahoma; My Fair Lady; La Cage Aux Folles; Me and My Girl; Dial M for Murder; Murder on the Nile; Molly; Boxing Day; The Curious Savage; and most recently, Summer of the 17th Doll. Away from the theatre, Robert is a registered nurse working at Nambour General Hospital and as a community nurse.


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