ACT to hold auditions for ‘Noises Off’

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Ascension Community Theatre will host Auditions for ‘Noises Off’ Sunday, Aug. 25 at 3 p.m.;

Monday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. for callbacks- if needed; Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. for First Read through. Directed by Jack Wilson, the performance dates are Nov. 7-10 and Nov. 14-17.

Noises Off, a comic masterpiece, is not one play, but two: the hilariously horrible, British farce, Nothing On, and the comedic nightmare that ensues backstage. Slamming doors, flying props, prat falls, sardines and two-story revolving sets abound as we see the first act of Nothing On presented three times, each with successively less attention to the script. The under- rehearsed actors and technicians desperately try to perform even as their rapidly deteriorating relationships cause mass hysteria and make for some hysterical comedy both off-stage and on. They all quickly find that as they muddle through, the more they work to take control, the funnier and more chaotic it gets! Noises Off is written with a wit and heart that allows it to be more than mere farce or parody of farce; it speaks to what we love about theatre and makes us laugh at our dramas, both onstage and off. (borrowed from SLHS.com)

"As side-splitting a farce as I have seen. Ever? Ever." - The New York Magazine NOISES OFF opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City on Dec. 11, 1983.

Character Descriptions  (5 Men, 4 Women)

 LLOYD DALLAS – The director of Nothing On, the farce that the characters in Noises Off are attempting to perform. Lloyd is passionate, suave, and extremely harried.  He has a hot temper which he barely manages to keep in check, most of the time, as he watches his production go from bad to worse to disaster.  He is carrying on with both Brooke and Poppy which leads to much trouble.

DOTTY OTLEY - A (rather) aging prima donna. Her money is funding the production. She has a great deal of trouble remembering her lines, blocking, and props. Capable of using spite or self-pity to get her way…  Is having an affair with the much younger Garry.  Plays the part of Mrs. Clackett a cockney housekeeper for the Brent’s home in England;  hospitable, though slow.

 GARRY LEJEUNE – Means well. Believes in The Theatre. Tries to keep the show going and everyone’s morale up, but often has trouble finishing his sentences.  His good nature is replaced with jealously when he believes Dotty has begun carrying on with Frederick.  Plays the part of Roger a real estate agent who is attempting to rent the house, but uses it for a place to have an affair with Vicki.

BROOK ASHTON – Young and sexy, but a terrible actress. Incapable of taking direction. Spacey and tuned-out – whether onstage or off. Blind as a bat without her contacts, which have a tendency to pop out at bad times. Carrying on with Lloyd, which is how she got her part in the show . . .  She plays the part of Vicki who secretly works for Inland Revenueand is trying to woo Roger.

POPPY NORTON-TAYLOR - The assistant stage manager of Nothing On. Overworked and often on the verge of tears. Works frantically to keep the show from completely falling apart, a hopeless (and thankless) task.  Her affair with Lloyd leads to a surprise announcement.

FREDERICK FELLOWES – A neurotic, bumbling actor who is filled with self doubt. A sweet man. Not the brightest bulb in the box. Always has a thousand questions about his lines and blocking. Violence and blood upset him, causing him to faint or get nosebleeds.   He plays the part of Phillip Brent who is currently living in Spain with his wife Flavia to avoid paying taxes. He enters the country knowing that if he is caught by Inland Revenue, he will lose most of the year’s income.  He also plays the part of Sheikh who is interested in renting the home and is the spitting image of Phillip.

 BELINDA BLAIR – An experienced actress who is positive, reliable, and charming. A goodhearted busybody, who knows all the gossip about the company. She attempts to keep the show going as it unravels.  She plays the part of Flavia, who is Phillip’s dependable wife opposed to household duties.

TIM ALLGOOD – The company’s long-suffering stage manager who is completely exhausted and sleep-deprived. He’s responsible for an inhuman number of tasks and forced to understudy everybody.

SELSDON MOWBRAY -  A cheerful, elderly, alcoholic who forgets his lines and misses his entrances. The entire cast attempts to keep him from getting his hands on a bottle.  Panic reigns when he cannot be found at all.  He plays the part of an elderly burglar breaking into the Brent’s home.