"Noises Off" takes the stage as ISU Theatre's Season Opener
Monday, September 17, 2012
ISU Theatre is opening its 2012-2013 season with the hysterical farce Noises Off by Michael Frayn. The idea for the script began when Frayn was standing backstage to watch a performance of a farce he had written and noticed that what was going on backstage was funnier that what was happening on stage.
Noises Off is about a group of third-rate actors, their director and stage managers who are producing a play called Nothing On. Act I shows what is happening at the last rehearsal where it is close to midnight and only Act I has been rehearsed.
Before Act II begins, the set rotates and the audience sees a performance of Act I from Nothing On, but from the backstage perspective as the cast attempts to keep everything going in spite of major obstacles.
In Act II, the set has rotated again and we see the final performance of the eleven week tour from the front. Now everything is calamity!
The cast of nine includes Kelly Schaefer (an ISU Theatre and Performing Arts instructor), Kyle Basom (Sophomore in Open Option/LAS from Cedar Falls), Brandon Brockshus (Junior in Performing Arts from Sibley), Taylor Diles (Sophomore in Political Science from Chaska, MN), Danielle Levings (Senior in Psychology from Whitefish Bay, WI), Shongedzai Matangira (Sophomore in Apparel Merchandizing and Design from Cedar Rapids), Taylor Sklenar (Junior in Chemistry from Treynor), Michael Still (Sophomore in Performing Arts from Knoxville) and Elizabeth Thompson (Sophomore in Performing Arts from West Des Moines). Join them for this comedy based on the joyous adventure of producing a play, even a very bad one!
Noises Off will take place in Fisher Theater. Performances are September 28 and 29 and October 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and October 1 and 7 at 2 p.m. Single tickets: Adults $16, Seniors $14, Students $8. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, the Iowa State Center Ticket Office in Ames or at the door before the performance.
For more information, visit the ISU Theatre website at www.theatre.iastate.edu.
Contributed by ISU Theatre
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