Zoe helps make “A Better You”

Colorful cast: Gerard Oman, who plays Clifford, Ivy Jensen (Maxine), Aimee Connally (Patricia), Lauren Douglas (Cathy-Anne), Zoe Cook (Josie), Honni Goulding (Bella), Francie Finn (Constance) and Wendy Bennett (Mildred) stars in EMTC’s play A better you. Photo: Tamara Cadd

Center Stage: Rochester’s Zoe Cook makes her theatrical debut with the Echuca Moama Theatrical Company.

Rochester resident Zoe Cook makes her theatrical debut in a thunderous play staged at Echuca later this month.

Zoe portrays goofy character Josie in Echuca-Moama Theater Company (EMTC) production A better you, which opens at Radcliffe’s Restaurant on July 21.

This is the 24-year-old tax accountant’s first show with EMTC.

“I got involved to meet more people locally and wanted to do something successful since high school, but I just hadn’t looked at it properly,” she said.

“Then I saw the ad in the paper for the audition night and thought I might as well give it a try.”

Zoe’s character, Josie, lives with her mother and is portrayed as having an inventive imagination, breast fixation, and hidden dark depth.

“I love being in the play, which is so funny,” she said.

“Everyone at EMTC is so friendly and welcoming and it was really fun going to rehearsals.”

A better youa comedy by Mark C Bourne, tells the story of a group of women who meet weekly in a community hall.

Their usual leader is away, so she has organized a representative from the A Better You self-help program to give a presentation.

Unfortunately for the already stressed speaker, talkative women have their own problems and are very easily distracted.

Things don’t go as planned for the self-help guru, who is on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and in the women’s misguided efforts to help, things go from bad to worse.

With less than three weeks to go before the play opens, tickets are selling like hotcakes.

“Over 40% of the tickets have been sold, which is just fantastic,” said co-director Tricia Deakin.

“Audiences are thrilled that community theater is back and they’re going to have a blast with this play.”

There will be five performances from July 21-24.

Trays will be provided as part of the $49 ticket price for the three evening and two matinee performances.

For tickets, go to tinyurl.com/EMTC-BetterYou

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