Theatre Program

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College of the Siskiyous Spring 2018 Production - "Noises Off"

Audition Notice

College of the Siskiyous Performing Arts Department is seeking actors for their Spring, 2018 production of the hilarious farcical comedy, "Noises Off."

Auditions: Tuesday, February 6, 3:00 - 6:00 pm, COS Kenneth Ford Theatre
Callbacks: Wednesday, February 7, 3:00 - 6:00 pm, COS Kenneth Ford Theatre
Casting will be posted by the morning of Friday, February 9
First Read Through: Friday, February 9, 3:20 - 5:50 pm, Black Box

All auditioners must prepare a comic monologue.
Audition sides/scripts will be available at COS.
For more information call (206) 707-2441
Or email the director, Christian Richards, at

Noises Off is a 1982 play by the English playwright Michael Frayn. The idea for it came in 1970, when Frayn was watching from the wings a performance of The Two of Us, a farce that he had written for Lynn Redgrave. He said, "It was funnier from behind than in front, and I thought that one day I must write a farce from behind." The prototype, a short-lived one-act play called Exits, was written and performed in 1977. At the request of his associate, Michael Codron, Frayn expanded this into what would become Noises Off. It takes its title from the theatrical stage direction indicating sounds coming from offstage.

Characters of "Noises Off"

  • Lloyd Dallas: The director of a play-within-the-play, Nothing On. Temperamental, exacting and sarcastic. Involved with both Brooke and Poppy.
  • Dotty Otley: A middle-aged television star who is not only the top-billed star but also one of the play's principal investors. Dating the much younger Garry.
  • Garry Lejeune: The play's leading man, a solid actor who is completely incapable of finishing a sentence unless it is dialogue. Constantly stutters and ends sentences with "you know..." Dating Dotty and prone to jealousy.
  • Brooke Ashton: A young, inexperienced actress from London. She pays no attention to others, either in performance or backstage, and persists in her role as scripted regardless of any interruption or mayhem. She is always losing her contact lenses, which she is blind without. Part of the Lloyd–Poppy–Brooke love triangle.
  • Frederick (Freddie) Fellowes: Has a serious fear of violence and blood, both of which give him nosebleeds. Well-meaning, but lacks confidence and is rather dim-witted.
  • Belinda Blair: Cheerful and sensible, a reliable actress and the company's defacto peacemaker. Something of a gossip, and a bit two-faced. Has a rather protective attitude towards Freddie.
  • Selsdon Mowbray: An elderly, half-deaf "pro" with a long, storied career and a drinking problem. If he is not in sight while rehearsing, the stage crew must find him before he finds anything alcoholic.
  • Poppy Norton-Taylor: Assistant Stage Manager and understudy to the female roles. Emotional, skittish and over-sensitive. Part of the Lloyd-Poppy-Brooke love triangle and, by act two, pregnant with Lloyd's baby.
  • Tim Allgood: The over-worked and easily flustered Stage Manager, who must understudy, fix the set and run Lloyd's errands on top of his usual duties.

Our production of "Noises Off" has opportunities for several challenging and exciting acting roles as well as many back stage jobs. The Performing Arts Department encourages anyone who is interested to audition, regardless of age, ethnicity or experience level. Those interested are asked to attend two days of auditions: February 6 and 7 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. The first day you will be asked to perform a comic monologue. At the end of that day you will be given "audition sides" (various selected scenes from the script) to prepare for readings on day two. On day two, you will be asked to read the "audition sides" with various pairings of auditioners as the directors prepare to make casting choices.

Rehearsals begin Friday, February 9, and will rehearse Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 3:20 - 5:50 pm and Tuesdays 3:20 - 5:15 pm until the week of the show when rehearsals move to evenings. After being cast, students will enroll in Rehearsal and Performance - 3001 - THEA 1001 - 01

Performances will be April 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, and 22 in the COS Kenneth Ford Theater.

For any other questions, feel free to contact Christian Richards at (206) 707-2441 or email him at


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