‘Noises Off’ kicks off Lyric Arts new theater season

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage kicks off its 2012-13 theater season with the uproarious slapstick comedy “Noises Off.”

“Noises Off” is Lyric Arts’ first production in its 2012-13 season. Pictured are members of the cast. Back row, left to right: Autumn Sisson (Poppy Norton-Taylor), Kyler Chase (Frederick Fellowes), Noelle French (Belinda Blair), Corey Okonek (Selsdon Mowbray), Neal Skoy (Garry LeJune). Front row: Renee Krapff (Dotty Otley), Kate Beahen (Brooke Ashton), Matt McNabb (Tim Algood) and Nick Menzhuber (Lloyd Dallas). The show runs Sept. 7-23. Photo submitted

“Noises Off” is Lyric Arts’ first production in its 2012-13 season. Pictured are members of the cast. Back row, left to right: Autumn Sisson (Poppy Norton-Taylor), Kyler Chase (Frederick Fellowes), Noelle French (Belinda Blair), Corey Okonek (Selsdon Mowbray), Neal Skoy (Garry LeJune). Front row: Renee Krapff (Dotty Otley), Kate Beahen (Brooke Ashton), Matt McNabb (Tim Algood) and Nick Menzhuber (Lloyd Dallas). The show runs Sept. 7-23. Photo submitted

Misunderstandings, jealousy, mistaken identities and pandemonium abound when a group of mediocre American actors try to pull off a total flop production called “Nothing On.”

Scott Ford returns to direct English playwright Michael Frayn’s farce, a Tony-nominated show. The show enjoyed a successful local run in 2009 when Ford directed the production at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

“It’s a very funny play,” Ford said. “It is laugh out loud and fast paced. It’s a real crowd pleaser.”

Relationships start to fall apart as the actors struggle from the frantic dress rehearsal to an infamous closing night filled with mayhem.

The show features a revolving set allowing audiences to watch the zany drama and utter chaos unfold backstage.

This play differs from Anoka-Ramsey’s play in that the actors bring their unique interpretations to the characters.

“That’s one of the great things about theater because no production is the same as another production of the same show,” Ford said.

Ford next summer is also slated to direct Lyric Arts’ musical “Hairspray.”

Ford has been named one of two resident directors at the Main Street Stage who will mentor and further define the artistic vision of Lyric Arts.

“Noises Off” opens Sept. 7 and runs through Sept. 23. Tickets are $12 to $22. The theater is located at 420 East Main St., Anoka. For more information, visit www.lyricarts.org or call 763-422-1838.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com

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