Tony Award-winning “Noises Off” at CCC

By Brandon Read

At 4:10 p.m. on a cool and crisp, Fall afternoon on September 24, Drama Director Deborah Bradshaw was in her office, at the Performing Arts Center, busily working. However, she was more than happy to take time out of her busy schedule of planning and preparation for her late afternoon practice of CCC’s latest drama production, to sit down for an interview about her newest endeavor.

The Fall Drama Production for CCC is called ‘Noises Off.’ This will be Director Bradshaw’s 21st production at Cumberland County College. ‘Noises Off’ is written by Michael Frayn. It is “a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called NOTHING’S ON.” To quote Director Bradshaw, “It is a high, fast paced comedy; it’s actually called a farce. Lots of door slamming, lots of people running around, lots of crazy antics.” She says, “I hope that they [the audience] realize from the get-go that this is a complete silly, fun show and they laugh as loud as they possibly can, and have a great time because that’s what it’s meant to do, it’s just side-splitting humor”.

According to Bradshaw, ‘Noises Off’ is comprised of three acts and is a play within a play. The students portraying the nine characters in this show are Matt Serra, who is no stranger to the stage with 8 CCC productions, Krysta Tilghman, Victoria Moratelli, Pamela Burke, Anne Buckwheat, Ryan Headley, Joe Marcello, AJ Mendini, and Ben Berry. 

At the end of the interview, Bradshaw talked about some of her past Fall and Spring productions: “The Odd Couple” and the beloved musical, “Fiddler On The Roof”. We also discussed future endeavors that she will be directing in the Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine and Performing Arts Center that included the upcoming spring musical, “Footloose.” Auditions are set for Dec. 3rd.

Entering the theater doors, cast member Krysta Tilghman was sitting in one of the cushioned first row seats. When asked what her expectation of this production, and what she hoped to accomplish during the practices she responded, “For this play it’s very fast paced, you need to know how to get on stage and get off when you’re supposed to, and you need to know your lines otherwise it’s not going to be as funny as it’s supposed to be. So within in a week before the production I would hope that everyone, including myself, would get their lines down as fast as they could so that we could have a very funny play.” 

Across the aisle was cast member Joe Marcello. When asked what he would say to people that might get their attention and what he would say to get them to come see this production, Marcello stated, “I would say in this time, especially with all nonsense that’s going on around the world we need to laugh. So if you want to get your mind off of what’s happening just for a couple of hours come and see ‘Noises Off’ because you’ll start laughing as soon as the curtain goes up and you’ll go home laughing.”

The New York Post claims that ‘Noises Off’ is, “The funniest farce ever written! Never before has side-splitting taken on a meaning dangerously close to the non-metaphorically medical.” The New York Times agrees, “The most dexterously funny, peerless backstage farce. The dizzy, well-known romp is a festival of delirium.” Production dates for this hilarious tale of sidesplitting antics will take place on November 15-18. It looks like Cumberland County College is in for another great production this semester.

Show times: November 15 – 17 at 8:00 p.m. and November 18 at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets: $12 for adults, $8 for ages 55 and over and also 18 and under, and only $5 for students



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