The Nicolet Players have been in overdrive rehearsing for the May 3-5 opening weekend of Noises Off by Michael Frayn. The adult-themed comedy follows an inept troupe of actors as they attempt to present an adult play called Nothing On. Fast-paced shenanigans and chaos ensue, bringing quick wit and laughter to the audience.
“It’s one of the most complicated plays I’ve directed,” said Nicolet College Theatre Director Jim Nuttall, “and certainly one of the most demanding for the cast. We spent the first month just working on logistics of movement on stage.”
In Noises Off, Marlene Kelly Davis plays the duo roles of Dotty the actress and Mrs. Clackett the maid.
“It’s one of the toughest plays I’ve ever done,” Davis admitted. “So many things are going on at one time and it’s so fast-paced that it really keeps you on your toes. But Jim and the cast are incredible. It’s been such a pleasure working with them. And the set is so beautifully designed and constructed that it’s worthy of its own applause.”
Also in the cast are Steve Richardson, Joseph R. Mangles, Anna Schwartz, Jerry Levandowski, Kristin Larsen, Al Higgins, Josh Gustafson and Margaret S. Jacobson.
Performances will take place Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 9, 10 and 11, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 12, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $9 for the general public and $7 for students and seniors, and may be purchased in advance online at nicoletlive.com, or by calling the box office at (715) 365-4646.
All performances will take place in the Nicolet College Theatre, located in the Learning Resources Center on the Nicolet Campus one mile south of Rhinelander just off of Hwy. G.