PICTURE a 1970s mental institution, a Mozart opera, a plethora of pyjamas and pyromaniacs, and a cast of boisterous and energetic characters and you'll get some idea of what to expect if you head along to the Clarence Coast Theatrical Society's first production, Cosi, which opens tonight at the Maclean High School performing arts hall from 7.30pm.
The show features 10 vibrant players who will bring Louis Nowra's hilarious play to life on the local stage.
Director Denny Prussian said Cosi featured an all-star, all-local cast from all walks of life, including estate agents and newsagents, a graphic designer, a tech teacher, TAFE teacher and three Mac- lean High School senior students.
"Troy Castle inspires as the reluctant, but soon-to-be-insane Lewis; Nathan Coombs is majes- tically manic as the irrepressible Roy; Thomas Pease delights with his devilish and dangerous Doug; Eloise Willis-Hardy is obsessively, compulsively Ruth; Melanie Pease is a smooth and soothing Julie; Steve Barclay astounds as the terrifying
Henry; Kerry McCleay is homicidally hilarious as the blade-wielding Cherry; Aiden Lyndon is murderously melodic as the muso, Zac; Tina Evans is politically perfect as the socially responsible Justine; Zac Robison subverts as the egotistical Nick, and Maddison Potter comically conveys our Lady Lucy of the too-loose morals," Mr Prussian said.
He said Cosi was the first on-stage celebration in what he tipped would be a long line of productions for the new society.
"As a non-profit, amateur society, the society is growing quickly because its members recognise that theatre not only gives our local talent the opportunity to shine, it also responds to the alternative entertainment and cultural needs of the Clar- ence Coast community," he said.
"So, whether you don your stylish thespian garb, or whack on the jeans and hoodie, whether you politely and appropriately applaud, or bellow like a beer-fed bull, whether you love a good laugh, or titter at titillations, Cosi is definitely for you."
Additional performances will be tomorrow and Saturday night, October 6 (11am matinee), and October 7 and 8. Night performances start at 7.30pm.
Tickets: $12 adult, concession $8, at Maclean Flower Box.