Columbus State Theatre Department Stages British Comedy

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Slamming doors, flying props, pratfalls and a two-story revolving set highlight the Columbus State Department of Theatre's second Theatre on the Park Mainstage production of 2011-2012, Noises Off, which runs Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 27-30.

The Tony Award-winning play by Michael Frayn is about backstage antics that occur when a cast and crew rehearse for a British sex farce titled Nothing On. The cast and crew work their hardest to control the situation, but it becomes more and more out of hand, eventually becoming a comedic nightmare.

Director Larry Dooley, chair of the Department of Theatre, says the show — at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday — speaks to what audiences love about theatre and makes them laugh at their dramas, both onstage and off.

The cast includes Hannah Carey as Dotty Otley, Abby Blankenship as Brooke Ashton, Elizabeth Gaines as Poppy Norton-Taylor, Stephanie Earle as Belinda Blair, Justin Stevens as Lloyd Dallas, Chad Cowgill as Garry LeJuene, Chris Freeman as Frederick Fellowes, Cameron Hoelzer as Tim Allgood and Nikolas Carleo as Selsdon Mowbray.

There will be a pre-show buffet-style dinner in the theatre lobby before the Saturday performance. The theatre department has offered this in the past for a few Mainstage productions. Admission is $25 a person for the 6-7 p.m. dinner and includes salad, entrée, drinks, coffee, wine and dessert. If you purchase a ticket for the dinner, you receive a $2 discount for your ticket to the show. Dinner reservations are required and must be made by Monday, Oct. 24. Contact Kristin Strickland at 706-507-8415 or to make reservations.

Admission for Noises Off is $17 for adults and $15 for seniors 60 and older and active military. (Noises Off is rated PG-13 for adult content and language.) To purchase tickets, call 706-507-8444 or visit

CSU faculty and staff can receive two free tickets for one performance of each production. CSU students can receive one free ticket for one performance of each production by presenting their CSU I.D. at the Theatre on the Park Box Office at least 10 minutes before a performance. The box office is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and one hour before the start of a show.

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