Noises Off

The cast of “Noises Off” rehearses the chaotic Act II, when audiences see what happened backstage.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek High School actors will give audiences a taste of the drama that goes on behind the scenes with their production of the farcical play “Noises Off” running May 9 through 11.

Each of the three acts of “Noises Off” contains a performance of a play within the play. Act I shows the hopelessly unprepared cast during the last rehearsal before opening night. 

In Act II, the set spins around, so the audience sees what happens backstage during a performance. Act III concludes at a performance a few weeks later, as the relationships among the cast members deteriorates and the show is – sometimes literally – falling part. 

“It’s every actor’s worst nightmare,” said senior Lexi Jones, who plays Brooke, a ditzy and inexperienced actress. 

“It’s very fun play to do because I’m playing two characters and they’re very different … but it’s very challenging to learn the same lines with different blocking each time,” Jones said. 

The show relies heavily on clever blocking and sharp comedic timing, a challenge for any actor. The small group of Johns Creek students are pulling it off in the limited amount of time between the spring musical and the end of the school year. 

Theatre director Debbie Prost said she has wanted to direct “Noises Off” since she stage-managed the show in college. For 15 years, she has been waiting for the right cast to pull it off. 

“It’s an incredibly hard acting show, but this year I felt like I had the cast to do it,” Prost said. 

Unlike the characters they’re playing, the cast of “Noises Off” is loving putting on the show. 

“It’s definitely one for the books,” said senior Donald Mitchell who plays the stuttering and scatterbrained Garry. “This is my first full play since I’ve been here, and it’s great. I can’t wait to see what happens.”

Mitchel and Jones said audiences will love the show for its fast-paced fun. 

“Come in and expect the unexpected,” Jones said. “It’s hilarious to watch.”

Shows will be May 9, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. with a matinee May 11 at 1 p.m. Tickets are available at jchstheatre.com.

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