By Cathryn Cavazos Sterling, KS – April 18, 2018, 11:38 P.M.
It seems as if the theatre kids just don’t stop, and this time, they are putting on quite the show.
“Noises Off,” a play written in 1982, is the story of a British playwright who is trying, but failing, to keep together a show full of strange and eccentric actors. Audiences get to see what “truly” happens backstage during a theatre production, and the result is nothing like one would expect. The play features a healthy dose of chaos, comedy, and an absurd amount of sardines.
According to the Sterling College article about the production, “Sasha Hildebrand, director of “Noises Off,” said that the play is the funniest comedy she’s ever read or worked on. She has performed in the play twice, once in high school and once at the Texas Shakespeare Festival. While she worked at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, she directed the play with fellow Sterling College alumnus Ben Dicke ’01.”
Alyssa Hershey, junior, said that “this is the most hilarious show that she’s ever been a part of, this show is a blast,” she said.
According to Sterling College’s article, Hildebrand said, “it’s also one of the most difficult plays to do because of the physicality – there is a real style to it. It is a true ensemble piece and requires everybody working perfectly in sync with each other to make it work.”
Hershey echoed Hildebrand, saying “the most difficult part of the show [has been] getting the blocking down…it’s very specific, almost like a machine.”
This is not the first time that the College has brought the show to life. “Alumnus Greg McGlynn ’87 directed the play in 1988 at Sterling College, and the Sterling Community Theatre Troupe performed the show under the direction of Dennis Dutton in 1996,” said the College’s article.
The final play of the season, besides one act productions, has undergone major changes, including turnover of cast and the actors having to have things prepared in a short amount of time. But senior Courtney Swanson said that even though “this show is easily the hardest show that I have ever been a part of…I think the biggest take away I want the audience to have is that this theatre department may be small in number but the passion we have for the craft is way bigger than our size.”
Swanson says it is “bittersweet” knowing that this is her last show at Sterling. “I am incredibly proud of the shows we have put on in the past few years and I am going to miss the long nights in the theater with all of my friends!”
Junior Wesley Lowrey said, “this show has been unique though because I’ve never done anything like it before. It is also under a new director, but I’ve enjoyed the new experience all-around. I’ve been pushed to grow as an actor since I don’t do comedy typically, and I’ve really enjoyed that.”
Opening night is tomorrow, April 19 will run through Sunday, April 22. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. every night, except for the Sunday matinee, when doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the show begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, students and seniors. Sterling College students and faculty get in for free.
“I hope the audience will get a night where they don’t have to feel stressed out or worried,” said sophomore Seth Rogers. “I want them to get a night where they just get to sit back enjoy and have a good laugh.”