Lyric Arts faces up to farcical fun in ‘Noises Off!’

Lyric Arts is turning down the volume and turning up the laughter as they open their 2012-2013 season with the hilarious slapstick comedy “Noises Off.”

The “Noises Off” cast includes in the front row, left to right: Renee Krapff (Dotty Otley), Kate Beahen (Brooke Ashton), Matt McNabb (Tim Algood), and Nick Menzhuber (Lloyd Dallas). 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). Performing at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, Sept. 7-23.

The “Noises Off” cast includes in the front row, left to right: Renee Krapff (Dotty Otley), Kate Beahen (Brooke Ashton), Matt McNabb (Tim Algood), and Nick Menzhuber (Lloyd Dallas). 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). Performing at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, Sept. 7-23.

This Tony-nominated farce features everything from sardines, to axes, to a poorly situated cactus as a group of mediocre American actors attempt to pull off a total flop called Nothing On. Misunderstandings, jealousy, mistaken identities, and utter pandemonium abound as the relationships (and the set) begin to literally fall apart around the actors as they struggle from the frantic dress rehearsal that dissolves into mayhem by their infamous closing night. This unique “play within a play” also features a 360-degree rotating set that allows audiences to see the drama unfold backstage, and watch chaos reign as the zany theater troupe tries anything—and everything—to put on a show.

Director Scott Ford couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to ignite Lyric Arts’ 2012-2013 season. “Noises Off is a classic farce and the best of its kind. It has multiple misunderstandings, goofball characters, and loads of door slamming.”

Previously directing “Noises Off” at Anoka Ramsey Community College, he is delighted to revisit the story and have Main Street Stage audiences reduced to tears. “Anyone who enjoys the sensation of laughing will absolutely love this show.”

In addition to directing both “Noises Off” and the upcoming summer musical “Hairspray” on the Main Street Stage, Ford has also taken on the commitment as one of two resident directors dedicated to mentoring and further defining the overall artistic vision of Lyric Arts. He will hold the position for two years.

Patrons are invited to celebrate the opening of “Noises Off” and the start of Lyric Arts’ 2012-2013 season by attending their exclusive “Opening Night Gala” on Sept. 7. Registered guests will be provided heavy appetizers and bottomless drinks before the show, a V.I.P. line during intermission, and dessert afterwards with the cast and crew for only $18 over the price of a ticket.

Theater enthusiasts are also welcome to join in an exciting talk-back question and answer session with the “Noises Off” cast and crew on Sept. 16. Talk-back sessions are offered for every show on the second Sunday of the run. All talk-back events take place after the show and are open to the public.

 If you go…

“Noises Off” opens Sept. 7 and runs through Sept. 23, 2012. Tickets for the production and reservations can be made by calling the box office at 763-422-1838 or by visiting the Lyric Arts website at www.lyricarts.org.

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