Meet Corey Okonek who is Performing in Noises Off

Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Corey Okonek, who is performing as Selsdon Mowbray  in Noises Off. Read on to hear what he has to say about his experience thus far!

LA: Where are you originally from? 

CO: I grew up in Spooner, Wisconsin.

LA:  Why did this particular play interest you? 

CO: I played Lloyd 4 or 5 years ago and it is such a fun show, I had to audition for it again.

LA:  For those that are unfamiliar with Noises Off can you tell us about the show? 

CO: Noises Off is a show about a troupe of actors performing in a play called Nothing On.  The show takes the audience from their last rehearsal, through the run of the show and the things that happen in between.

LA: Talk about the character that you play in Noises Off.  How have you developed this character? 

CO: I play Selsdon Mowbray.  Selsdon is a trained Shakespearean actor who has been on the stage for over 60 years.  Selsdon is a lovable character w/a tendency to wander off w/a bottle if given the chance.

LA: Talk about your fellow cast. How do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at? 

CO:I don't know where to begin.  It's is so much fun to see each of the characters coming to life (especially since half the cast have 2, their Noises Off character and their Nothing On character).  Each and everyone of the cast members amazes me with their talent.

LA: What are some of the most impressive elements of Noises Off? 

CO: First and foremost the talent of the cast that Scott (Director) has gathered.  Second would be the technical aspects of the show and the fantastic set that Patrick and his crew have created.

LA: For those unfamiliar with a farce, can you explain what it is? 

CO: A farce is a comedy that takes silliness to the extreme.

LA: Why should people come and take a chance and see Noises Off

CO: It is going to be a show that will make your face hurt from laughing.

LA: What is your favorite theater, movie, and TV comedy? 

CO: For movies, it’s probably a toss up between Animal House and The Princess Bride for TV it has to be The Big Bang Theory.

LA: Sum up Noise Off in 3 words? 

CO:  Timing, timing, timing.

LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself? 

CO: I grew up in a little town in northern Wisconsin where I met my high-school sweetheart.  I've been married to that same wonderful woman for the past 33 years.  We've lived in the Twin Cities for the past 30+ years where we raised two great kids.  We've been empty nesters for the past 3 years and have 2 beautiful grand-kids, a 10 year old grandson and a 16 month old granddaughter.