FINAL REHEARSAL: Kaiyai Doenau runs lines with fellow Cosi performer, Angela Robinsen.
FINAL REHEARSAL: Kaiyai Doenau runs lines with fellow Cosi performer, Angela Robinsen. Wendy Andrews

Leading local man

AFTER years of treading the community theatre boards in shows such as Chicago, Hairspray, The Flying Pieman and Oliver!, Kaiyai Doenau is stepping into the spotlight as a leading man in the CHATS production of the award-winning play by Louis Nowra, Cosi.

“I am so excited to be a part of my favourite play, it’s been an ambition of mine to play a leading part in a drama and I feel so lucky to have been given this opportunity,” Kaiyai said.

Hard work and plenty of long hours memorising scripts, perfecting dance routines, learning blocking and fine-tuning his comedic timing have made Kaiyai a determined and dedicated man of the theatre .

“It takes years of learning lines, attending rehearsals and auditions and making the most of every part you win, even the smallest.”

In Cosi, playing the role of Lewis, the young director of a group of mental patients undertaking a production of Mozart’s ‘Cosi fan Tutte’, Kaiyai has the chance to be both funny and to show great compassion in this challenging role originally played by Ben Mendelsohn in the 1996 movie of the play.

Local director Judi Williams said, “I couldn’t be happier with the way Kaiyai has developed his role – we’re all looking forward to seeing him on stage.”

After the production wraps, Kaiyai will be returning to his studies in advanced Diploma in Musical Theatre at the Actors College of Theatre and Television in Sydney.

Cosi opens at the Jetty Memorial Theatre on July 20.

Tickets available at the box office 6652 8088 or online www.jettytheatre.com. There are two discounted performances (all tickets $20) on July 24 and 27.



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