Published DateMEREDITH — Garry, Dotty, Brooke, Frederick, Belinda and Selsdon are all actors in an ill-rehearsed play called Nothing On. Add director Lloyd and stage managers Poppy and Tim into the mix and you get to see into the entertaining love triangles that form as the Winnipesaukee Playhouse kicks off their 2013 Professional Summer Season with a hilarious production of Noises Off in their brand new Meredith theatre from June 19-29.
Noises Off follows the on-and off-stage antics of an acting troupe as they stumble from bumbling dress rehearsal to disastrous closing night. Everything that can go wrong does, as actors desperately try to hang on to their lines, their performances and the furniture. Add a slippery plate of sardines and many slamming doors, and you have the most hilarious backstage farce ever written. The inspiration for Noises Off came when playwright Michael Frayn was watching a performance he had written from the wings, and decided that it was funnier from behind than in front. Noises Off premiered in London in 1982 and was a huge hit, transferring to Broadway and earning Tony Award nominations for Best Play and winning a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble.
The Winni Playhouse Professional Company is very excited for this production which includes some familiar and some fresh faces. Returning actors are Kevin Killavey, Alex Jacobs, Richard Brundage, Rebecca A.K. Turner, Tonya Free and Donna Schilke. The Playhouse is welcoming AJ Ditty, Nicholas Wilder and Nicole Soriano for their first year with the Winni Playhouse Professional Company. The director Keith Weirich, is the artistic director of the Peacock Players youth theatre company, and directed this play for them last year where it won Best Youth Production at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards.
Marketing Director Lesley Pankhurst says, "This is a great first production for our new campus. We are really excited to start out with a side-splitting farce for our patrons' first look into our new theatre.The slapstick comedy and witty banter will appeal to all audiences."
The state-of-the-art theatre seats approximately 200 patrons and has a new bar and menu, with pre-show dinners catered by Magic Foods Restaurant Group, the owners of Canoe in Center Harbor and O Steak and Seafood in Laconia. In addition to the theatre, the Playhouse has a brand new outdoor amphitheatre, deck and nature trail. On selected nights, free pre-show entertainment is provided on the outdoor amphitheatre and picnics are encouraged.
Noises Off will be the first play of the summer season performed at the brand new Winnipesaukee Playhouse campus in Meredith. The Summer 2013 season is sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank and Laconia Harley-Davidson. Noises Off is further supported by the sponsorship of Bank of New Hampshire and Misiaszek Turpin Architects pllc.
It is recommended for ages 12 and above. Performances start June 19 and are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Monday. The Wednesday, June 26 performance will include a post-show discussion and Q & A with the cast and crew.
Tickets are $27 for seating in the orchestra, $22 for seating in the first row of the balcony and $15 for seating in the second row in the balcony. Tickets can be ordered by calling (603) 279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winniplayhouse.org. Student rush tickets will also be available at the door the night of the performance for $17 and are subject to availability.