The stage at Grove Hall in Huntingdon has been looking a lot like a CVR reunion of late. This is because all but one cast member of the upcoming remount of the hilarious farce ‘Noises Off’ by The Rural Arts Project have direct ties to the high school’s drama program and its many iterations over the years. And, they are all about to test their chops on what is widely considered to be one of the funniest yet most difficult comedies to perform.
The first play staged at Grove Hall, the original production of ‘Noises Off’ featured cast members who travelled out from the city, save for Tina Bye, the co-owner of the Huntingdon-based performing arts centre. The remounted version features an all-local cast, with Bye reprising her role. “We chose this script because we had been doing Ken Ludwig plays,” explains Bye, of the decision to bring this particular show back for a second run. “This script is a send-up of the British farce. It is probably the most difficult script I’ve ever worked with, but it is also the funniest,” she admits.
The Michael Frayn farce tells the story of a play within a play, where each of the three acts of ‘Noises Off’ depicts a performance of the first act of an equally ridiculous piece entitled ‘Nothing On’. “It is so cleverly done and tightly knit,” she adds, suggesting the local cast, which features several actors from this past summer’s successful Anne of Green Gables tour, is more than up to the challenge. It is a pleasure, suggests Bye, that the Rural Arts Project is now able to mount plays that are fully cast by well-experienced locals.
‘Noises Off’ will premiere on Friday, April 5, for a nine-show run over three weekends to April 21. The Saturday evening ‘dinner theatre’ include a delicious three-course meal prepared by Huntingdon’s Chef Annie. Showtimes for the Friday evening presentation start at 8 pm. The Saturday dinner theatre shows start at 7 pm, and Sunday matinees all begin at 2 pm. Tickets are $20 for regular shows and $45 on Saturdays including the meal.
Visit grovehall.ca for more information, or to purchase your tickets online in advance. Reservations for the Saturday shows can be made by calling 514-791-5100 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.