Audiences will get a peek at all that can go wrong behind the scenes of a play when Shawnee Little Theatre's "Noises Off' opens for a six-performance run on April 5 at the community theater, 1829 Airport Road.
The classic comedy farce by Michael Fran was called the "funniest play ever written" by the New York Post when it premiered on Broadway in 1983. Shawnee Little Theatre originally produced the comedy in 1987.
In Act I, we join a second-rate acting company at the final dress rehearsal of their show. Nobody knows their lines or can keep up with stage props, including a plate of sardines, which shows up at the wrong time in the wrong place. On opening night in Act II, the set rotates and reveals the backstage area of the stage. We hear the same play from offstage, but see the terrible shenanigans that go on between the cast and crew. Finally in Act III, the stage revolves again and it is closing night. By that time nobody cares what's going on. They just want to finish the show and get out of there.
Directed by Elijah D. Gragg, the comedy will be performed April 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on April 7.
Tickets are available online at shawneelittletheatre.com or can be purchased from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the SLT box office at 405-275-2805 beginning April 1.
The comedic farce contains brief adult language and themes.
The final show of the current season, "Noises Off" features Connie Stewart, Eric Hopkins, Matthew Moreillon, Christina Stewart, Bruce Fry, Ginny Stewart, Matt Longacre, Nicki Sherman and Tom Dicken.
Season tickets for the 2019-2020 season will be on sale during the run of "Noises Off" as well as online at shawneelittletheatre.com.
In September 2019, SLT will present the Abba musical phenomenon "Mamma Mia!" In December 2019, the romantic comedy "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley" will take the stage for the holiday season. The play is a sequel to "Pride and Prejudice." In February 2020, a cast of four actors play over 150 characters in a notorious comedy send up of Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller "The 39 Steps." The season ends with a sweeping grand scale musical based on the 1996 Disney film and Victor Hugo's 1831 novel. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."
Staffed totally by volunteers, SLT is a non-profit community theater celebrating its 52nd year of producing live theater in Shawnee.
In May 2019, SLT will represent Oklahoma in the American Community Theatre Association's five-state regional play festival in Midland, Texas. The winner of that festival will advance to national competition in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in June 2019. SLT's festival entry, "Annapurna" will be presented locally April 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. at SLT before traveling to the regional competition.
Current SLT season sponsors are Action Physical Therapy; BancFirst; Berkshire Hathaway, Benchmark Realty; Turner and Cindy Davis; the Fowler Auto Group; Matt and Shelli Hopkins; Dr. Kirk Hoster and Dr. Jordan Ewert, Optometrists; Metro Brokers, the Presley Group; Shawnee Milling Company and SSM Health Medical Group.