PLOT Each of the three acts of Noises Off contains a performance of the first act of a play within a play, a sex farce called Nothing On. Act One is set at the technical rehearsal at the (fictional) Grand Theatre in Weston-super-Mare; it is midnight, the night before the first performance and the cast are hopelessly unready. Baffled by entrances and exits, missed cues, missed lines, and bothersome props, including several plates of sardines, they drive Lloyd, their director, into a seething rage and back several times during the run. Act Two shows a Wednesday matinee performance one month later at the (fictional) Theatre Royal in Ashton-under-Lyne. In this act, the play is seen from backstage, providing a view that emphasizes the deteriorating relationships between the cast. Romantic rivalries, lovers' tiffs, and personal quarrels lead to offstage shenanigans, onstage bedlam, and the occasional attack with a fire axe. In Act Three, we see a performance near the end of the ten-week run, at the (fictional) Municipal Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees. Relationships between the cast have soured considerably, the set is breaking down, and props are winding up in the wrong hands, on the floor, and in the way. The actors remain determined at all costs to cover up the mounting chaos, but it is not long before the plot has to be abandoned entirely and the more coherent characters are obliged to take a lead in ad-libbing somehow towards some sort of end.
Auditions will be held at the Civic Theatre Rehearsal Facility 550 South Bird Street Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
November 27 and 28, 2017 @ 6:30 PM [Call backs on November 29 @ 6:30 PM]
Persons auditioning should bring a comic monologue of no more than two minutes - either memorized or read. They should also come prepared to do an improvisation. You may also print the audition form and bring it with you. Copies will also be available at the auditions.