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‘Noises Off!’ production at GHHS a hilarious undertaking for young thespians

Gig Harbor High sophomore Julie Ronning, playing “Belinda,” tries to defend herself against the jealous, axe-wielding “Dotty Otley,” played by senior Cayla Berejikian, while “stage manager Poppy,” sophomore Sofia Boyden, starts to give up hope of ever saving this performance of “Nothing On.” Junior Will Johnson, as “Freddie,” looks on, horrified. Oblivious to all this drama, “Selsdon,” far right, played by senior Walker Heiling, looks backstage to ask for his next line in the play.
Gig Harbor High sophomore Julie Ronning, playing “Belinda,” tries to defend herself against the jealous, axe-wielding “Dotty Otley,” played by senior Cayla Berejikian, while “stage manager Poppy,” sophomore Sofia Boyden, starts to give up hope of ever saving this performance of “Nothing On.” Junior Will Johnson, as “Freddie,” looks on, horrified. Oblivious to all this drama, “Selsdon,” far right, played by senior Walker Heiling, looks backstage to ask for his next line in the play. Special to the Gateway

Gig Harbor High Drama kids are at it again. This time with Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off!,” a high-energy, diverse, comedic ensemble, portraying a manic troupe of itinerant actors as they prepare, open, and tour a sex farce titled “Nothing On!.”

It’s filled with flubbed lines, false entrances, backstage intrigue and errant sardines as actors struggle to perform and maintain their dignity midst challenging chaos.

Rated PG, Drama coach Kristin Zetterstrom calls it, “The Funniest Farce ever written!!”

Freshman Abigail VanDoorne, who understudies for Dotty has “met a lot of really amazing people in the past few weeks and I’m really excited to get to know them even better. Laughing together, eating sardines together — it’s all been really fun. If laughter is really the best medicine, ‘Noises Off!’ is penicillin.”

Playing Lloyd Dallas, the director of “Nothing On,” sophomore Robby Jones likes “the endless hours in the auditorium with cast and crew, making memories and a brilliant performance. This show will keep you on edge the whole time.”

“I love laughing and growing with my fellow cast members as our characters develop and we learn what we need to do,” said junior Morgan Smith, an understudy for Belinda and Poppy. “That’s the whole point of being an understudy — to study. This is beyond hilarious, beyond side-splitting funny. It is the epitome of British farce.” Morgan’s favorite part? “Improving! Not just me, all of us.”

Junior Nick Sherwin plays Garry Lejeune, who plays Roger in “Nothing On.” He likes “the confidence that comes with knowing we’re putting on a really good show. The cast, the crew, and director all come together to make something phenomenal.”

As Dotty Otley, an actress who plays Mrs. Clackett in “Nothing On,” GHHS senior Cayla Berejikian’s favorite part of the show is “working our tails off and laughing every day. The writing is hilarious, the crew is on point, and the actors make you laugh!”

Playing Poppy, “Nothing On’s” assistant stage manager, junior Sofia Boyden loves “getting to do what I love with the people I love ... every day! This show will leave you with your stomach hurting from laughing and your cheeks aching from smiling.”

Assistant stage manager and prop mistress, senior Emily Bales, loves “hanging out with my friends. This show is hilarious and fast moving. Everyone will love it.” To senior Kyla Hubbard, who is on the running crew, “working with some of my best friends” makes it all a delight. “We’ve worked very hard and the play is hilarious.”

For sophomore Julie Ronning, who plays Belinda Blair, aka Flavia in “Nothing On,” “Bonding with the amazing cast and crew members while creating a spectacular show” is the high point. “There’s never a dull moment. It’s the funniest, wackiest backstage farce ever performed.”

Crew and lights specialist Chainey Moore’s favorite part of the show is “the laughter.”

For freshman Devin Henderson, who plays Tim Allgood the stage manager, “having everyone on set be so kind, encouraging and so inspirational!” is what it’s all about. “Come and experience what Gig Harbor High School Drama is really capable of!”

To junior Spencer Fields, assistant stage manager and fight captain, “Watching the actors grow and flourish as the show grows with them” is great. “The show is an incredibly funny farce that anyone 8 to 108 will enjoy!

And that includes me!

“Noises Off!” plays at the GHHS auditorium Nov. 12-14 and 19-21 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. Adult admission is $10, and students/seniors is $8. Tickets are sold online at ghhs.psd401.net and at the door.

Hugh McMillan is a longtime freelance writer for the Gateway. He can be reached at hmcmnp1000@centurytel.net.

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