What's on across the Coffs Coast this weekend

This Saturday Madame Butterfly lands in Coffs Harbour.

Puccini's classic is perfomed by Oz Opera with John Bell, artistic director of Bell Shakespeare, as director.

The opera tells the story of a young Japanese Geisha named Cio-Cio (which translates as Butterfly) who marries an American soldier by the name of Pinkerton. Cio-Cio renounces her Japanese heritage, but Pinkerton returns to America without her. Convinced he will return, Cio-Cio and their son patiently await his return. However, when he does arive, he has brought his new American wife with him.

Bell's interpretation of this famous opera is set in post World War II Japan, so if you have seen the opera before, this version will be a little different. Jason Wasley is cast as Pinkerton, Elisa Wilson as Cio-Cio and Victoria Lambourn as Kate. The opera is accompanied by a 13 piece orchestra, conducted by Simon Kenway.

Performed at the Sportz Central in Bray Street, Coffs Harbour, the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are from $40 concession or $50 for adults.

You can book tickets through the Coffs Harbour City Council website.

On Friday night if you're in the mood for something relaxing, why not head down to the Coffs Ex-Services Club for an evening of easy listening from 7:30 in the Vista Lounge. This Friday night the entertainment will be provided by Jo Bangles.

While it's not on this weekend, the Ex-Services Club will also have Shannon Noll performing live on Wednesday September 24 from 8pm. You can contact the club information on tickets.

Other events of interest on the Coffs Coast this weekend:

Nudes and Stuff exhibition - Woolgoolga

Coffs Coast community ride - Coffs Harbour

Coffs Mountain marathon - Urunga

Ulmarra poets and storytellers breakfast - Ulmarra

You can search for more Coffs Coast events here.

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