Noises Off at Lakeshore Players Theatre February 25 – March 20
CAPTION: (L-R) Janice Murphy Roman, Taylor Evans, Lisa Shafer, and George M. Calger get caught in the act in Noises Off at Lakeshore Players Theatre Feb. 25-Mar. 20 (Photo submitted by: Vanessa Brooke Agnes)
Full of shocking surprises and raucous humor, Noises Off is celebrated as one of the funniest farces ever written. And now, after millions of people worldwide enjoyed the smash hit, Noises Off comes to Lakeshore Players Theatre in White Bear Lake.
The idea for the play came when playwright Michael Frayn was standing in the wings watching a performance of a farce he wrote for Lynn Redgrave. Frayn said that the show with Redgrave was “funnier from backstage than in the audience” and wanted to write a farce that took place behind the scenes.
“Frayn filled Noises Off with sheer pandemonium,” says director Gorden Hedahl.
“There are slamming doors, falling trousers, and flying sardines—and that is just Act One,” adds actor George M. Calger.
“With unraveling love triangles, flubbed lines, and missed entrances these characters have personalities that are almost as big as the set,” says actress Lisa Shafer.
“And this set is huge. I’ve built some big sets in the last couple years, but this could be the biggest one ever at Lakeshore Players,” states Technical Director Beth Miller.
“All of the timing on stage and large technical elements means this is not an easy show. Luckily, we have an exceptional creative team and phenomenal cast that are making this one of the highlights of our 63rd season,” says Lakeshore’s Artistic Director Ben Ratkowski.
“It is also a highlight for us on stage. In all of my years performing, Noises Off is my second Lakeshore Players show and the first time being directed by Gorden [Hedahl]. It is an absolute blast and I know audiences will love it too,” says actress Tori Ruckle.
The cast of nine performers include George M. Calger (St. Paul) as Lloyd Dallas, Janice Murphy Roman (Forest Lake) as Dotty Otley, Taylor Evans (Minneapolis) as Garry Lejeune, Lisa Shafer (Eagan) as Brooke Ashton, Bruce Bell-Myers (Stillwater) as Frederick Fellowes, Tori Ruckle (Minneapolis) as Belinda Blair, Rachel Ratkowski (Maplewood) as Poppy Norton-Taylor, Austin Lee (New Hope) as Tim Allgood, and Tom Monn (Woodbury) as Selsdon Mowbray.
February 25, Thur (7:30 pm)
February 26, Fri (7:30 pm)
February 27, Sat (7:30 pm)
February 28, Sun (2:00 pm)
Post-show artist discussion
March 4, Fri (7:30 pm)
March 5, Sat (7:30 pm)
March 6, Sun (2:00 pm)
March 11, Fri (7:30 pm)
March 12, Sat (7:30 pm)
March 13, Sun (2:00 pm)
March 18, Fri (7:30 pm)
March 19, Sat (7:30 pm)
March 20, Sun (2:00 pm)
When you go:
-Performances are Feb 25 – Mar 20 at Lakeshore Players Theatre, 4820 Stewart Avenue in White Bear Lake.
-Tickets are $18-$23 and may be reserved in advance with remaining seats sold at the door starting two hours prior to show time. To purchase tickets in advance and select your own seats at no additional charge, go to LakeshorePlayers.org or call 651-429-5674.
Noises Off Special Events:
-The $12 preview performance is Thursday, February 25.
-An opening night reception is included in the ticket price on Friday, February 26. Catered by Ingredients Cafe, the reception immediately follows the performance.
-Pay-what-you-can rush tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., while supplies last, on Saturday, February 27.
-Find out more about the show and how Lakeshore brings a story from page to stage at a post-show discussion with the cast and crew following the matinee performance on Sunday, February 28.
Noises Off is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.