High School Actors Display Comedic Talent in ‘Noises Off’

High School Actors Display Comedic Talent in ‘Noises Off’

High school theater students displayed their comedic talents and acting depth in their recent performance of the 1982 Michael Frayn play “Noises Off,” directed by Kristen Wallace with set direction from Alex Mesimeris. The hilarious production concerns a group of actors preparing for their touring performance of a farce comedy called “Nothing On!”

Most of the student actors played two roles: – the actor and the character the actor is playing in the play-within-a-play. The cast featured Jennifer Wern as Ms. Dotty Otley and Mrs. Clackett, Oliver Curry as Lloyd Dallas and Director of ‘Nothing On!’, Louis Bianco as Mr. Garry Lejeune and Roger Tramplemain, Madi Steddick as Ms. Brooke Ashton and Vicki, Makenzie Caldone as Poppy and Assistant Stage Manager, Evan Hytner as Mr. Frederick Fellowes and Philip Brent, Allie Costanza as Ms. Belinda Blair and Flavia Brent, Ciara Boltz and Isabella Serrano as Tammy Allgood and Stage Manager, and Alex Kellarakos as Mr. Selsdon Mowbray and Burglar. Francesca Bala, Karen Cochran and Samantha Petrizzo served as student directors.

“Because it is an extremely difficult undertaking for all who are involved, ‘Noises Off’ is rarely performed on a high school stage,” said Wallace. “I am extremely impressed with our students. The show pushed all of our artists to stretch their creative boundaries. In this ‘play within-a-play, about a play,’ the actors needed to study, develop and create two characters, two personalities, and for some, two accents or voices. In addition, they needed to incorporate a great deal of physical comedy. As always, it was an extremely humbling experience to work with such amazingly talented actors, artists, directors and crew members who work tirelessly for our performing arts department.”