‘Noises Off!’ comedy kicks off club’s 70th season

WHITE ROCK – When people go to the theatre, they want to be entertained.Whether it’s being jarred by an emotional drama or partaking in side-splitting laughter at a comedy, theatre-goers on the peninsula have been amused by White Rock Players’ Club for 70 years.Kicking off its seventh decade in theatre, WRPC is presenting NoisesOff!, the play-within-a-play by Michael Frayn, a veritable farce that takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the stage."It’s a full-on farce so there’s names constantly gotten wrong, pants falling down, women coming out in their underwear – everything that you would love in a classic British farce," said Rebekah MacEwan, the play’s producer and newly elected board member of the WRPC."The writer was inspired to writethis play when he was sitting behind the scenes one time, looking at all the drama around him thinking, ‘This is actually funnier than all the things happening onstage,’ so that’s where it all came from," MacEwan explained.The first-time producer, who has performed with WRPC in the past, said working on the play was, in her new role, "quite a change." Coincidentally, the new board member steps in during a season when each play of the season (Noises Off!, The Drowsy Chaperone, Quartet and I Hate Hamlet) givesviewers a peek behind the red curtain."(Theatre) is one of my huge loves so it’s a real natural fit, and I was invited at the end of the summer," MacEwan said. "It’s an eye-opener as a performer where I’m used to: ‘I know my songs, I know my blocking, I know my steps, more or less.’ I’m not a dancer, but now I’m just taking care of the business side of things."MacEwan works alongsideRyan Mooney, the WRPC’s artistic director who is directing the early-1980s play.Noises Off! stars Val Dearden as Dotty Ottley, Krystle Hadlow as Brooke Ashton, Vanessa Klein as Poppy Norton-Taylor, Bryce Mills as Frederick Fellowes and Josh Fuller as Tim Allgood. Also performing onstage are Tom Gage, SheilaGreentree, Dan Tribe and Ken Fynn."This is such a strong team, and another lovely component is almost all of the actors have been in a White Rock show before," MacEwan said of the cast. "These are all people who have already made their claim on the White Rock stage and they’re funny and they work really well together. It’sjust a really solid cast."To pull off the hapless hi-jinks that go on during Noises Off!, the actors needed to have a flair for comedy, MacEwan argued.And so far, she said, it would seem that they do. From comic states of disrobing to missed cues, audience members would be hardpressed not to crack a smile."I don’t know what it is about someone’s pants falling down, but it’s funny," she said. "It’s just human nature to laugh. If anything, this show is wonderful laughter therapy."And in it’s 70th season, WRPC saw a need to keep longtime patrons of live theatre laughing."I love dramas, but I think it’s really important that we keep people laughing," MacEwan said.Noises Off! opens on Friday, Oct. 10 at Coast Capital Playhouse in White Rock, with previews on Oct. 8 and 9. For more show details and tickets, visit Whiterockplayers.ca or call 604-536-7535.kalexandra@thenownewspaper.com

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