Any production of “Noises Off” is a challenge. Ask Jack Wilson. He’s both acted in and directed this show, and now he’s directing Ascension Community Theatre’s production, which opens Thursday.
“A lot of directors won’t do it, because it’s difficult,” Wilson says. “And a lot of actors are intimidated by the physicality of it.”
“Noises Off” is a farce loaded with slapstick.
“When I acted in this play, I lost 15 pounds,” Wilson says. “I also got a concussion during the show.”
Wilson is taking precautions to make sure there’s no injuries during Ascension’s run of the play within a play. It’s about actors preparing to do a play called “Nothing On.”
Playwright Peter Mayne got the idea watching the behind-the-scenes antics during the performance of one of his plays.
“We start off backstage, then we turn it around to the set for the play,” Wilson says. “Then we turn it back around to the backstage scene for act three.”
He says it’s probably “the greatest farce ever written.”
- CAST: Suzie Seager, Dotty Otley/Mrs. Clackett; Nick Cordona, Lloyd Dallas; Adam Marks, Garry Lejeune/Roger Tramplemaine; Brooke Frost, Brooke Ashton/Vicki; Carey Long Frederick, Poppy Norton-Taylor; Jason Breaux, Fellowes/Phillip Brent/Sheik - Jason Breaux; Jessica Wilson, Belinda Blair/Flavia Brent; Phil Blanchard, Tim Allgood; John Sallinger, Selsdon Mowbray/Burglar.
- ARTISTIC STAFF: Jack Wilson, director; Kathy Sevin, assistant director; Christina Normand, stage manager; Angel Hutchison, assistant stage manager; Carey Long, props; Mattie Olsen, costumer.