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FHS hopes to ring loud with ‘Noises Off’

The Farragut High School Admirals’ Performing Arts Company Theater has been logging extra hours after school and on the weekends rehearsing for the spring performance of "Noises Off."

The play, directed by theater department head Lea McMahan, is a comedy, typically performed in three acts but was cut to a more manageable two acts by McMahan. More than 25 students, including technicians, stage managers and actors have participated in the production, which opens at 8 p.m., Friday, April 29.

"We cast the play on March Eighth," McMahan said. "And rehearsals began the day we returned from spring break (March 28).”

"Noises Off" is a play within a play and presents the story of a hapless English acting troupe that is touring in the play "Nothing On."

The director of the troupe, Lloyd Dallas, played by Tony Feole, is in a constant state of panic because the cast is unprepared for opening day. There is a great deal of bickering, door slamming, miscommunication and innuendo throughout the play leading the audience to realize that the troubles of this troupe go deeper than rehearsing for a play.

Kim Page portrays Dottie/Mrs. Clackett, the confused housekeeper, who is constantly worrying about a plate of sardines. Amanda Kaschak and Nick Carter play troupe members Brooke/Vickie and Garry/Roger respectively and Jennifer Webb and Charlie Sells are Belinda/Flavia and Fredrick/Phillip.

Sam Skeirik plays Selsdon/Burglar, who is either intoxicated or sleeping and Lauren Schaefer portrays the often-befuddled director's assistant, Poppy.

Stage manager Anna Mullens said she has worked several plays and is familiar with all of the work involved in getting a production together. Mullens has two assistants, Katie Nichols and Brittany Hodge.

Theater teacher Zach Best is building the sets for the play along with several students.

Performances for "Noises Off" are 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 29-30 and May 6-7. Matinee performances are 3 p.m., Sunday, May 1, and May 8. For more information, call the FHS drama department at 865-671-7167.


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