Moline High School students put on an English farce complete with accents, slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines Print
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Written by M. McNeil   
Monday, 29 October 2012 13:01
(Moline, IL)  Moline High School is presenting its fall play called Noises Off the first weekend in November.  According to Director, Christopher Thomas, NOISES OFF is Michael Frayn's depiction of the on stage and off stage personalities that it takes to put together a play.  This comedy-within-a-comedy captures a British touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, an opening performance, and a performance toward the end of the run.  The characters try to put on a good show, but their unique personalities, out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure.  Progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal, the performances only get worse when friction arises between personalities.

Thomas says rehearsing and performing NOISES OFF is like putting his students through comedy boot camp. "This play is truly a challenge for any theatre group--high school and professional alike--due to its demand for so many pieces to come together all at the right time.  The set has to be extremely sturdy, yet rotate 180 degrees.  Actors have to perform in believable British accents and there are an insane amount of props in the show.  Our students are challenged to showcase all of their comedic talents with their physicality, wit, voice, and timing”.