Those who go to see Ralston High School’s latest production will be able to get a glimpse of life backstage during a play’s run.
RHS’ next production, “Noises Off” is different than other plays and musicals RHS theater director, Todd Uhrmacher, has put on this year.
“It is in every sense of the word a classic British farce,” Uhrmacher said.
The play is broken into three acts.
Each act shows a different aspect of life in the world of theater.
“It is a play within a play,” Uhrmacher said. “The play is called ‘Nothing On,” and the audience actually gets to see it. The first act, you see the final dress rehearsal. The second act is a month into its run. And the third act is about six months into its run. You get to see the deterioration of the cast and crew.”
The plot of “Nothing On,” the play within “Noises Off,” follows two couples in a refurbished 16th century mill house. One couple, the owners of the home, is running from the IRS while the other, the real estate agent and his lover, stop by while they think the owners are gone.
There are also visits from the housekeeper trying to hold everything together and a burglar who thinks no one is home.
During the first act, Uhrmacher said, the audience will see the show from the front of the stage. Characters, such as the show director, will also break the fourth wall and talk to them about what is happening and how things are falling apart.
During the second act, the scenery is completely flipped around and the audience will see what it is like backstage during the performance of “Nothing On.”
There are also a lot of slamming doors, a running gag involving sardines and physical comedy, Uhrmacher said.
“It gets really crazy,” he said. “It’s exhausting to watch.”
The play is different than what Uhrmacher has done this year.
It has a much smaller cast (less than a dozen actors), which Uhrmacher said he tries to do once a year.
“I do traditionally do one small cast a year,” he said. “That teaches something so different than a large cast. It’s a different concept when you only have nine people to depend on.”
It also helps, Uhrmacher said, when the talent is there.
“I had a very seasoned group of seniors this year,” he said. “I knew I could throw something hard at them.”