Lewis (played by Brandon DePol) talks things over with a dejected Roy (played by Eric Olson)

Lewis (played by Brandon DePol) talks things over with a dejected Roy (played by Eric Olson)

Cosi rehearsals going well

With six performance dates set to begin May 5, the cast and crew of Cosi – the Kaatza Lakeside Players’ latest play – are veering closer and closer toward opening night.

With six performance dates set to begin May 5, the cast and crew of Cosi – the Kaatza Lakeside Players’ latest play – are veering closer and closer toward opening night.

“This is nearly on,” artistic director Dena McPhee said.

Cosi is a dramatic comedy that takes place in a mental institution. Despite this setting, McPhee said that the characters are meant to be taken seriously. As such, a challenge for the actors has been not to go over the top.

“It’s just trying to keep it real,” she said.

The Gazette caught up with the Kaatza Lakeside Players during their Thursday, April 7 rehearsal.

At this stage of preparations, the actors are on-stage at the Upper Centennial Hall, and are hard at work memorizing their lines. Stage movement is being worked on, with McPhee’s eagle eye always on the actors.

Sets and costumes are also being finalized, and are much less over-the-top than those used for last December’s pantomime, Mother Goose.

This time around, things are more realistic and down-to-earth.

One of the upcoming performances of Cosi will include a dinner theater, catered by the local Cow Cafe.

The dinner theater show will take place Saturday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m.