A Classic Farce by Michael Frayn
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and errant sardines all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Let this slap-stick story pull you inside the world of the theatre itself, and experience the craziness of behind the curtain.
Friday, September 29th at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 30th at 1:00pm
Saturday, September 30th at 7:30pm
Thursday, October 5th at 7:30pm
Friday, October 6th at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 7th at 1:00pm
Saturday, October 7th at 7:30pm
Tickets are $15 for general public, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU students.
Located in the Forest Roberts Theatre.
|Dotty Otley||Lily Howder†*|
|Lloyd Dallas||Ethan Bott|
|Garry Lejeune||Dakota Vogel†*|
|Brooke Ashton||Taylor Ehle|
|Poppy Norton-Taylor||Regan McKay†|
|Frederick Fellowes||Dane Wurmlinger†*|
|Belinda Blair||Jill Vermeulen†|
|Tim Allgood||Nathaniel Langlie|
|Selsdon Mowbray||Brady L. Skewis|
* indicates work down in partial fulfillment of Senior Capstone
† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.
|Scenic Designer||Vic Holliday|
|Lighting Designer||Vic Holliday|
|Costume Designer||Susan Candey|
|Sound Designer||Bill Digneit|
|Properties Master||Emily Baker|
|Technical Director||David Pierce|
|Production Stage Manager||Hannah Cormier†|
Additional Artistic Staff
|Assistant Stage Manager||Anna LaBreche†|
|Master Electrician||Dan Zini|
|Light Board Operator||Hannah Cormier†|
|Sound Board Operator||Emily Baker|
|Run Crew||Tim Hollister, Emily Kendall|
Lily Howder† (Dotty Otley) is a senior Theatre and Entertainment Arts major. She has appeared in Tribes by Nina Raine, Gaggle of Saints by Neil LaBute, and two shows in The Ten Minute Play Festival. Lily is humbled to be a part of such an amazing show with such a talented cast and crew. A big thank you goes out to her friends and family for their unwavering support throughout this hectic time in her life. Lily is sad to be acting in one of her last plays here, but she’s looking forward to seeing how theatre plays into her future after NMU.
Dakota Vogel† (Gary Lejeune) is a senior Theatre major here at NMU. Of all of the separate shows he has been apart of, Noises off has been by far the most challenging and thrilling show in his career. He would like to thank his friends and family for their support. Also his dog Kane, who is pretty cool.
Taylor Ehle (Brooke Ashton) is an Environmental Studies and Sustainability major in her final year at Northern Michigan University. In the past, she has portrayed Chris Gorman in Neil Simon’s Rumors (another door-slamming farce), and Vita Louise Simmons in Mary Chase’s Harvey. Taylor is extremely excited to be performing in her first role on the Forest Roberts Theatre stage. Additionally, working in the costume shop has enabled her to dive further into the theatre and bring the experience full circle. Taylor will continue working with Northern’s other talented seamstresses as the Assistant Costume Designer for the upcoming spring musical, Tarzan.
Regan McKay† (Poppy Norton-Taylor) is a junior Theatre/English major and Dance minor. She is currently Vice President of Alpha Psi Omega, works as a seamstress in the FRT Costume Shop, and is the librarian of the Rapport Theatre Library. Regan has previously worked as costume mistress on Into the Woods and The Addams Family and dramaturg on Where A Certain Future. This season she will be costume designing for The Bold, The Young, and the Murdered and Scrooge and working as a dramaturg on Antigone. She would like to thank her parents, her sister Maddie, her boyfriend Paul, and her many APO friends for their incredible encouragement and support.
Dane Wurmlinger† (Frederick Fellowes) is thrilled to perform in this production. He is a theatre/media productions major from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and is a senior at NMU. At NMU, Dane is best known for his roles in Into the Woods (Jack), Where a Certain Future (Jacob), Painted Rain (Teddy), and Worth a Second Glance (Emcee). Back in Idaho, Dane has performed at many regional and professional theatres. His favorite role so far was Kurt Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. He hopes you enjoy the show!
Jill Vermeulen† (Belinda Blair) is an NMU senior majoring in Theatre and Communications with a Dance minor. Some of her favorite roles include The Addams Family (Morticia), Proof (Claire), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal), She Kills Monsters (Kaliope), and Chicago (Hunyak) at the Forest Roberts Theatre and The Producers (Ulla) at Lake Superior Theatre. Jill spent the summer of 2017 working as a Marketing Intern at Adirondack Theatre Festival in New York. She is currently a Student Writer at NMU Marketing and Communications. She would like to thank her family and boyfriend Tom for their incredible support.
Nathaniel Langlie (Tim Allgood) is a sophomore Theatre and Outdoor Rec double major with a minor in Dance. Nathaniel has appeared previously at Northern in The Addams Family, Scrooge!, and the Worth a Second Glance Cabaret. He is looking forward to appearing this season as Bob Cratchit in Scrooge, Tarzan, and Antigone. Nathaniel has enjoyed working on this production and hopes that you enjoy the show; he cannot wait for things to get farcical!
Brady Skewis (Selsdon Mowbray) is a senior this year at NMU. You may have seen him more recently as Emcee in Cabaret at the Historic Vista Theatre, Don Baker in Butterflies Are Free at Lake Superior Theatre, and Tom Jenkins in Scrooge! at the Forest Roberts Theatre. He is also the lead singer/guitarist of the up-and-coming band Joel & The Good Boys. Find them on all branches of social media (FB, Instagram, Twitter). He would like to thank his wonderful parents, Dave and Wendy, and his outrageously talented girlfriend, Hanna, for their undying love & support.
Ethan Bott (Lloyd Dallas)
Creative Team Bios
Paul Truckey (Director) Acting credits include leading roles in over 50 productions, most notably the roles of Grantaire, Javert and Thenardier in the Broadway and National touring companies of Les Misérables, Fredrik in A Little Night Music for the Pine Mountain Music Festival, Pete the Barber in the opera, Rockland, George Jr. in Utah! The Musical at the Tuachan Amphitheatre, and George in Sunday in the Park with George. As a director, he has staged dozens of productions, most recently Little Shop of Horrors, The Comedy of Errors, 1776, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Flea in Her Ear, The Mousetrap, Actletes, The Foreigner, The Full Monty, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Paul is currently a professor of theatre at Northern Michigan University, and is a member of Actors Equity Association.
Victor G. Holliday (Scenic Design/Lighting Design) has been the designer for the Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He holds a bachelor of arts in phsychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his master of fine arts in scenic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatre companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theatre, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history), ship modeling (pre-deadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.
Bill Digneit (Sound Design) is the owner of Double Trouble Entertainment. He received his M.F.A. in Technical Production and Design at Florida State University.
Emily Baker (Properties Master) is a sophomore here at NMU. She is a Theatre major with a concentration in tech. Her previous shows with the FRT include The Myths & Bricks Project (Stage Manager), Building Madness (ASM), and The Addams Family (ASM). Emily also works in the FRT Scene Shop, where she basically lives. She would like to thank the FRT for all the opportunities that she has already been given and looks forward to the rest of her time here at Northern. Emily would also like to thank the Jonas Brothers for getting her through the long work day.
David Pierce (Technical Director) came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been technical director for the department of theatre and dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company. David holds a BS in construction management from Ferris State University and an MFA in theatre technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires. He's also a boisterous Tigers fan!
Dan Zini (Master Electrician/Lighting and Sound Supervisor) is an audio/recording engineer, sound/lighting designer and bassist from Marquette. An alum of NMU, Dan has returned to the FRT while studying for an MA in English. Before returning to NMU, Dan served as technical director/production designer for the Besse Center Theatre. Apart from many shows with the FRT, his credits include sound design for Mary Poppins Jr. with SAYT and The Producers at Lake Superior Theatre, audio engineer for Josh Davis and Hershey Entertainment, lighting design for the 2016 Marquette Blues Fest and numerous other concert and theatre productions.