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'Noises Off' opens this week

WHS dramatists stage British farce

'Noises Off' cast

Lloyd Dallas (far right, played by Tadj Arvizu) directs (left to right) Dotty Otley (Heidi Litchfield), Garry Lejeune (John Barnes), Fredrick Fellows (Nathan Eddings), and Brook Ashton (Abby Beal) in the British farce Noises Off, playing at Woodinville High School Nov. 15, 16, 22, and 23.
Photo by Jeff Switzer/Woodinville Weekly.

'Noises Off' Doors slamming, sardines flying, and axes dropping are just a few of the everyday occurrences in the Woodinville High School production of Noises off, a "hysterical sex farce" by British playwright Micheal Frayn.
   "It's a play I've always wanted to come back and direct," said Woodinville High's drama director Hjalmer Anderson, who last directed the play in 1990. "It's a very difficult play. With the action going on backstage, the timing is very difficult to do. The choreography goes beyond simple blocking. This British farce teaches beyond just the story--it teaches an ensemble how to really work together, from a complicated set that has to spin around to timing passing things around."
   The play's winding love triangles and crazy characters cavort in a double-sided plot that shows the audience what's happening on-stage and behind the scenes.
   Cast includes Heidi Litchfield as Dotty Otley, John Barnes as Garry Lejeune, Abby Beal as Brooke Ashton, Leigh Simpson as Belinda Blair, Doug Barry as Selsdon Mowbray, Nathan Eddings as Fredrick Fellows, Willie LeVasseur as Tim Allgood, Jessica Oldfield as Poppy Norton-Taylor, and Tadj Arvizu as Lloyd Dallas.
   Show dates are Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, sold at the door or by calling 489-6751, are $10 V.I.P seating, $6.50 general, $5.50 with ASB card, and half price on Nov. 16.