Submitted on behalf of the BHS Drama Club
Noises Off (a phrase that in the theatre world refers to commotion backstage) employs all the elements of a farce including improbable situations, slapstick humor, and extravagant exaggeration. The Bedford High School Drama Club will bring Michael Frayne’s hilarious British farce Noises Off to Bedford on the weekend of November 17th-19th.
The play first premiered in London in 1982. Now, 35 years later, a hard-working cast of Bedford High School actors will present this story that centers around a small theater company performing a show called Nothing On.
The first act brings us right to the final dress rehearsal of Nothing On, but many, many things go wrong and the cast seems ill-prepared to perform for an audience the next day. The second act shows a performance of the play a few weeks later, but this time we see the growing drama and antics that occur backstage. The third act presents one of the last performances of the play’s tour when it’s on its “last legs” and everything goes wrong.
The BHS production features an impressive custom-built two-story rotating set with nine doors and an ensemble of nine actors: Charlie Anderson, Liam Buckley, Isabelle Gitlin, Tracie Lewis, Neil Luczai, Nick Wilson, Rachel Winkler, Ben Woodward, and Eran Zelixon. Katrina Faulstich directs the show with Seda Korroch as Stage Manager, Erik Smallenberger as Technical Director, and Charles Faulstich as Set Designer.
The performances are on November 17th and 18th at 7:00 P.M. and November 19th at 2:00 P.M. in the BHS Auditorium at 9 Mudge Way in Bedford. Tickets cost $10 for students and senior citizens and $12 for adults. Tickets are available online at https://bhschorusandtheater.weebly.com/tickets.html and will be available at the doors before the performance (general seating). The show runs approximately 2 hours and is recommended for those ages 12 and older.
The production is an ambitious choice for a high school play, so Director Katrina Faulstich provided some insight into what led to her choice and the experience so far, along with a sneak peek video with some behind-the-scenes interviews! Watch for the Director’s Q&A on Friday, and the video will tempt you to get your tickets when it posts early next week.