Gonzaga celebrates new Theater Department | Arts & Culture
After years of falling under Communications, Gonzaga University’s Theater program is finally it’s own stand alone department. The cast of Noises Off is ready to make audiences laugh with the new department’s first show of the season.
“This show is all comedy,” said Junior cast member Jess Clement. “We won’t take you on an emotional journey, but you will laugh really hard.”
After staging a series of period drama pieces, cast members of Noises Off said they are ready to take on the challenge of comedy.
“I always think that comedy is more difficult than drama,” said Sophomore Reed Viydo. “You get instant feedback on if you’re funny.”
Noises Off is known for getting laughs. The farce follows a stage cast as they rehearse a play called "Nothing On". The story takes the audience through a series of mishaps during the dress rehearsal, matinee performance and a performance staged near the end of the fictional play’s run.
“It’s more of a choreographed piece,” said Senior Theater major Erin Fitzgerald. “It’s all about timing.”
The first time Visiting Lecturer and Director Dr. C.D. Adamson saw the play he laughed so hard he hyperventilated.
“I’ve always wanted to direct it,” said Adamson. “I think there’s magic in seeing it live.”
Not only has Adamson always wanted to direct the play, but he thought performing a piece about theater people and the theater business was the perfect selection to celebrate the new department.
“It just kind of fit together nicely,” said Adamson.
The cast is gearing up to show off the new department to sold out audiences this weekend. The cast said they’ve learned a lot about performing comedy and have discovered that Noises Off captures the world of theater better than they thought.
“Our characters have translated into real life more than we’d like to admit,” said Clement. The cast hopes the audience can relate to the comedy as much as they do.
“We’re having a lot of fun with it,” said Adamson.
While opening weekend sold, you can still catch a performance next weekend, November 1-3. Friday and Saturday’s show are at 7:30pm and Sunday audiences will enjoy a 2 pm matinee. Click HERE to purchase tickets to the Gonzaga University Theater Department’s performance of Noises Off.