George School Students Perform Farcical Play Noises Off
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
May 22, 2006
advanced drama students will perform the comedy Noises Off on Friday,
May 26, 2006, at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 27, 2006, at 8:00 p.m. in Walton
Center Auditorium. Written by Tony Award-winning
playwright Michael Frayn, Noises Off is about the comic antics that
arise both onstage and offstage as a struggling theater troupe takes a show on
Liam Scully-Wolfe (a junior
from Doylestown, Pennsylvania)
plays Tim, the stage manager. "He tries to make everybody
happy," Liam said. When the backstage hijinks between the actors
threaten to pull the show apart, Liam said, "He kind of starts to panic,
but he never voices his criticism."
In the first act, the actors
perform a dress rehearsal of the play within the play, Nothing On.
"As in all farces, there is an abundance of doors behind which to
hide," director and George
drama teacher Nelson Camp said. Two couples in Nothing On inhabit
the same house but are unaware of each other's presence, and the set's seven
doors allow them to narrowly miss discovering each other.
For the second act, the set
is reversed so that the backstage arguments and romances between the actors in Nothing
On become the focus. "The second act is really a look at what's
happening behind the scenes of the play," Liam said. In the third
act, the set is reversed again. The actors give their final performance
of Nothing On, and the disastrous effects of their backstage struggles
on the performance become hilariously clear. Brandon Wright (a senior
from Newark, New Jersey),
plays Lloyd, the director of Nothing On. "He gets really
frustrated and he yells a lot. He wants a good show, but it just doesn't
happen that way," Brandon
explained. To make matters worse, when he unexpectedly has to substitute
for one of the actors onstage, Lloyd has an attack of stage fright.
"He panics when he sees the audience," Brandon
Goldberg (a junior from Durham, New Hampshire)
noted that the complicated stage directions in Noises Off require a high
degree of coordination between all of the actors. "Farces are really
challenging plays," he said. Amanda Darby (a senior from New Market,
agreed. "In a farce, you depend on everyone else," she
said. "You have to get the right cues from everybody."