LAUNCESTON'S Jarrad Enniss believes he has it pretty easy.
Not because he gets to be surrounded by Greek goddesses all day, or roll around on roller skates under disco balls, but because when he hits the Princess Theatre stage as Sonny Malone in Newstead College's Xanadu later this week, he can pretty much be himself.
``It's probably the easiest character I've had to play just with his mannerisms and the songs he sings are awesome,'' Enniss, 24, said.
``I'm a bit like him (my character) too.
``He's great fun . . . he's a bit of a dork, but a loveable dork and he's laid-back.''
Sonny, a struggling artist living at Venice Beach, California, is also similar to a character Enniss played early this year.
Enniss, who is a regular face in local productions, played the role of Doody, in Encore Theatre Company's production of Grease .
``He's like a grown-up version of what I was playing then, but just a few years later, and he's gone from being the dorky one to the cool-dorky one,'' Enniss said.
Xanadu involves a cast of 60, supported by about 40 backstage crew members and a nine-piece band with six backing vocalists.
It follows the story of a Greek muse who descends from Mount Olympus to inspire Sonny to develop California's first roller disco.
Most of the cast are students, but Enniss is using his free time to fill the role.
``It was an eye opener for me going back to college,'' he said.
``But the level of talent that they have here is unreal.''
He said the show was completely different to anything done in Tasmania before, as it was a send up of the original movie version.
WHEN: Thursday, August 22, to Saturday, August 24.
WHERE: Princess Theatre, Launceston.
TICKETS: Adult: $29.95; Concession: $24.95; Child: $19.95. Princess Theatre box office on 6323 3666 or visit theatrenorth.com.au/xanadu