Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Kyler Chase, who is performing as Frederick Fellowes in Noises Off. Read on to hear what he has to say about his experience thus far. LA: Where are you originally from?
KC: I come from a far-away land known as Derby, Kansas.
LA: Why did this particular play interest you?
KC: Noises Off just doesn’t stop. It has been one of my favorite shows since first seeing a production of it in high school at a theater conference. The timing, characters, and ensemble unity blew me away. It has been a dream to perform in the show ever since.
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with Noises Off can you tell us about the show?
KC: The show itself is a play within a play. It centers on an acting company rehearsing and touring a British farce called Nothing On. Not only does the audience get to see the end result of their production, but also the backstage antics of a cast who aren’t all exactly the best of friends.
LA: Talk about the character that you play in Noises Off. How have you developed this character?
KC: I play the role of Freddie who plays the role of Philip in Nothing On. He’s a fairly competent actor but can be a little dim when it comes to onstage motivations, personal relationships, and common sense. I’m really letting my everyday awkwardness shine through with this character. Many of my own nervous mannerisms make an appearance when Freddie gets flustered.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast. How do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
KC: My favorite part of theater is developing the bonds between fellow performers. Everyone in this cast is hysterical. There have been numerous times in rehearsal that we’ve just had to stop everything in order to regain composure after a cast member cracked us up.
LA: What are some of the most impressive elements of Noises Off?
KC: I think what will immediately shock the audience is the scope of the set. In a fast-paced farce like Noises Off, the set is a character in its own right. It is so much fun to rehearse on that I can’t help but know the audience is going to have an equally great time watching us.
LA: For those unfamiliar with a farce, can you explain what it is?
KC: Farce is all about big, ridiculous comedy. These are situations that probably wouldn’t happen in everyday life. Get ready for mistaken identities, door slamming, and a big, raucous finale.
LA: Why should people come and take a chance and see Noises Off?
KC: You’d be crazy if you didn’t! So much of this show requires perfect comedic timing and this cast nails every tiny moment.
LA: What is your favorite theater, movie, and TV comedy?
KC: For my favorite comedy on stage, I’ll have to say Urinetown: The Musical, I can quote Monty Python and the Holy Grail backwards and forwards, and I own more seasons of The Office than I know what to do with.
LA: Sum up Noise Off in 3 words?
KC: You’lllaugh tillyou cry.
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
KC: Most of my life’s history can be found in the collected works that chronicle my crime-fighting adventures (Batman comics, movies, TV cartoons, etc.). Other than that, my spare time is spent doing improv comedy, drawing, and doing my best to figure out you crazy Minnesotans. Duck, duck, gray duck? Seriously?