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COC students star in Tony-nominated comedy at PAC center

Posted: March 19, 2009 6:32 p.m.
Updated: March 19, 2009 3:39 p.m.
This May, students from College of the Canyons' theatre department will perform the hilarious Tony-nominated comedy "Noises Off" on the main stage of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons (PAC).

Written by Michael Frayn, "Noises Off" premiered in London in 1982, winning both the Evening Standard and the Olivier Awards for best comedy. In 1983, the production opened on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award - before a subsequent Broadway revival in 2001.

Described by New York critics as "the funniest farce ever written," this uproarious comedy follows the on- and off-stage antics of an inept acting troupe as they stumble from bumbling dress rehearsal to disastrous closing night.

"Everything that can go wrong does, as actors desperately try to hang on to their lines, their performances, and the furniture," said Paul Wickline, College of the Canyons theatre department chair and director of the production. "Add a slippery plate of sardines and a slew of slamming doors and you have the most sidesplitting backstage comedy ever written."

The College of the Canyons production of "Noises Off" will open on the PAC main stage Thursday, May 7 and run through Sunday, May10. Show times are as follows:

Thursday, May 7, at 8 p.m.
Friday, May 8, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, 8 p.m.
Sunday May 10, at 2 p.m.

Admission is $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Group rates are available.


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