Wallingford Community Theatre performs British comedy starting Friday

Wallingford Community Theatre performs British comedy starting Friday

WALLINGFORD — Wallingford Community Theatre will present “Noises Off” this weekend, one of its most challenging productions yet.

The 1970s British comedy will be performed today and Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers (Robert Parisi Auditorium) at Town Hall. On Sunday, the play will be performed at 2 p.m.

Mary Ellen Kingsland-Eckels, stage director, said the cast of nine will be playing actors and therefore have two roles each.

“It’s a play within a play about a troupe of actors trying to revive their career,”  she said. “In the first act the set is a huge challenge because in act two we see the behind the scenes of the stage.”

The backstage scenes require the stage to be changed to show the audience that perspective, Kingsland-Eckels said. A set had to be built that would “flip” to reveal a completely different scene.

David Stein, stage designer, said portions of the set will rotate 180 degrees. It took two months for Stein and several volunteers to build the stage off site and later assemble it in the council chambers. He said last week was the first time the actors rehearsed with a completed set.

“The technical rehearsals work out all of the bugs and make any adjustments that we need to,” Stein said.

Advance tickets can be purchased at Gallagher’s Travel Shoppe, Amici Salon and Spa, Connie’s Kitchen, and the Wallingford Community Theatre website. General admission is $25. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

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