Pioneer Players to present Michael Frayn’s farcical ‘Noises Off’

November 8, 2017
Center for the Arts

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – UW-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and Pioneer Players will present Michael Frayn’s classic farce, “Noises Off.”  Performances are Nov. 29 at 11 a.m., Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. The Nov. 29 performance at 7:30 p.m. is also the Benefit Wednesday performance. All tickets for the benefit are $7, with proceeds going to the Platteville Food Pantry and the Grant County Humane Society. All performances are in the Center for the Arts Theatre at UW-Platteville. 

Called the funniest farce ever written, “Noises Off” introduces a kooky cast of touring actors rehearsing a play called “Nothing On.” As the opening performance rapidly approaches, the cast hurries to rehearse the complicated farce. Meanwhile, relationships among the members of the cast prove to be as complicated as the play, and a hilarious series of unfortunate events that test the cliché “the show must go on” ensues.

Dr. Ann Dillon Farrelly, associate professor of theatre at UW-Platteville and the play’s director, noted that the first and third acts of the play take place on the set of “Nothing On” while the second act takes place backstage as the cast devolves into petty squabbles. She said that the play is ridiculous in the best possible way and a challenge for everyone involved because of the technical skill required.

“The timing and technical precision necessary for this show is like nothing I have ever experienced,” said Farrelly. “But if we do it right, it will be laugh-out-loud funny. The play is a brilliantly constructed farce that is meant to bring the audience nothing but joy, and we could all use a good laugh these days. It is a crazy ride.”

The cast includes UW-Platteville students Zachary Thomas, Blair Schuler, Mitchell Losey, Madison Gruman, Ross Spadaro, Emily Tepper, Nicholas Kelley, Kiley Schulz and Ian Duff.  Megan Conroy is the stage manager. The production also will showcase the work of student costume designer Cody Lindau and student lighting designer Abbie Wagner. Jeffrey Strange, associate professor of theatre, will serve as scenic designer.

Tickets are $14 for general admission, $12 for faculty/staff/seniors, $7 for students and are available at the door or online through the University Box Office, located in the lower level of Ullsvik Hall. Call 608-342-1298 or 877-727-1CFA or visit tickets.uwplatt.edu.

Formatted by: Laurie A. Hamer, University Relations Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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