theatre s presents 'Cosi'

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  • Location: Coolum Theatre Players Civic Centre, Coolum Beach, Not Assigned 0000 Queensland
By Louis Nowra

"When Chasing Your Dreams... It Helps To Be A Little Crazy!"
A madcap comedy about madmen putting on an opera.
Regional Tour
theatre s does not stand still for very long. Following the company's successful production of The Love List during January and February, the company is now busy rehearsing for their next season. 
Producer Stephen Moore has chosen Kayte New to direct the Louis Nowra comedy, Cosi.
"…Nowra has written a terrific play about theatre, madness, illusion, sanity, life: it's a big splendidly Australia epic…" Frank Gauntlett, Telegraph Mirror.
Lewis is fresh out of university. He lives with his girlfriend, Lucy; and they share a house with his friend Nick. Lewis accepts a job to direct a play at a mental institution as part of a program started by Social Worker Justin; theatre as therapy. Unfortunately the venue is a burnt out theatre and the patients are a motley crew, including a pyromaniac, a stutterer, and an obsessive compulsive. The project is high-jacked by Roy who insists on performing the Mozart opera Cosi Fan Tutte. But no one can sing, let alone sing opera, nor can anyone speak Italian, and there is only one musician to play piano, but he hates Mozart's music and prefers to play Wagner on the piano accordion. A situation which turns into a madcap comedy. Meanwhile the Vietnam War moratorium is being organised by Nick who expects Lewis to support him.
First produced in 1992, Cosi has become one of the most successful Australian plays produced in that decade.
"…Nowra's generous humour…offers up a world of the most extraordinary people; and a hilarious situation-comedy, to boot… (but there are) hints of a darkness that lies beyond the lights: the real world." Angela Bennie, Sydney Morning Herald.
Kayte New has selected an excellent cast of ten of the Sunshine Coast's most talented actors.
With Cosi, theatre s will undertake the most extensive regional tour in its history. A planned 23 performances in 5 venues from Noosa to Kawana including 3 Schools Matinees and 4 Cut Price Matinees is unusual for the Sunshine Coast and offers locals the best opportunity is see a play that is considered a modern classic.
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 at, or at Noosa Arts Theatre on Saturday mornings 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 at
  • 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.
  • Coolum Theatre Players Civic Centre, Park Rd, Coolum Beach on June 30 & July 1 at 8pm and July 2 at 2pm. Credit card bookings (fees apply) phone 5442 5362 or on-line at

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

Cut Price Matinees available:

Graphic to the right: Actors getting ready for a lengthy task of touring Cosi to 5 venues covering most of the coast over 7 weeks in May, June and July
Photo by Bruce Molloy of creatiVision 

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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