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SJA Theatre to Perform "Noises Off"

The award-winning St. Johnsbury Academy Theatre will perform Noises Off, Michael Frayn's dexterously-realized comedy about putting on a comedy. Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off will be performed at Fuller Hall on the campus of St. Johnsbury Academy for three performances on May 18 and 19 at 7:00 p.m. and May 20 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Noises Off contains adult content and is recommended for mature audiences and is not recommended for young children.

This play-within-a-play follows a group of itinerant actors desperately trying to stage a British farce called "Nothing On". In the first act, the actors struggle to complete a dress rehearsal. In the second, the audience is transported backstage as the set literally revolves and reveals a cast on the verge of disaster as trysts and betrayals send the production into chaos. The final act returns to the company at their final performance, revealing the fallout of backstage catastrophes as the cast struggles on.

The two-time Tony nominated farce looks at the follies of theatre people, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turns every performance into quite the adventure. The idea for the play came to Frayn after he was inspired by watching a performance of a farce in the wings. According to Frayn, "What I saw backstage was actually funnier than what was onstage." The play was an immediate hit in 1982 and has been wildly popular ever since. If you enjoy a good laugh, this production is definitely for you!

The cast includes sophomore Fiona Sweeney as Dotty Otley, freshman Liam Pickart as Lloyd Dallas, Freshman Jordan Barbour as Brooke Ashton, sophomore Sam Bulpin as Garry Lejeune, senior Lillie Brody as Belinda Blair, sophomore Adam LeClair as Frederick Fellowes, freshman Marc Lamontagne as Selsdon Mowbray, senior Brady Clark as Timothy Allgood, sophomore Reagan Ford as Poppy Norton-Taylor, sophomore James Rust as Pat, and sophomore Sierra Norko as Vanna. James and Sierra have also prepared as understudies.

Noises Off is directed by Gerard A. Prevost. He is assisted by sophomore Rebecca Robertson. The stage manager is senior Amy Plambeck. The technical director is William Vinton. The technical crew consists of sophomore Matthew Bader on lights and sound, freshman Olivia Robinson, sophomore Haley Elliot, freshman Katie Blassingame, freshman Sophie Guss, and senior Robert Warden.

Costumes are coordinated by Jane Vinton and props by Elizabeth Breen. St. Johnsbury Academy Theatre is produced by Bill Vinton.

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