Meet Neal Skoy who is Performing in Noises Off

Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Neal Skoy, who is performing as Garry Lejune  in Noises Off. Read on to hear what he has to say about his experience thus far.

LA: Where are you originally from?

NS:  Circle Pines/Lino Lakes. (About 25 minutes from Lyric Arts)

LA:  Why did this particular play interest you?

NS:  This is my favorite play of all time. And, no, I’m not just saying that! My two great passions in life are clowning and theater --especially slapstick. So, this play truly is a prefect fit. I have NEVER been in another show that has caused such riotous laughter. The kind of laughs that escape an audience’s gut --the LOUD kind. This whole show is a theater inside joke. It is impossible for me to not love this play!

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

NS:  It’s a farce about farce. Noises Off starts as a disaster and goes downhill from there. There is a group of actors throwing together, not only a production, but a TOURING  show --and the long run ahead for these poor souls is doomed. To add insult to injury, the type of show they are attempting to pull off is a Brittish Bedroom Farce, a specific type of comedy that relies HEAVILY on precision to be successful --or does it!? Doors will be slammed, in-company flings will flounder, cues might be missed, and violence will be caused! --And the beauty is, the audience gets the full experience; seeing the final rehearsal, a backstage of bedlam, and one of the final performances (a masterpiece of a train wreck!)

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

NS:  I play Garry Lejune --who plays Roger in “Nothing On”. I first played this role at Anoka Ramsey. To me, Garry is a typical young actor with anger issues. Beneath his madness, though, Garry is a total puppy. That’s all I can say without giving too much away.

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

NS:  It has been a great joy to see my fellow cast mates breath life into these characters and make them their own. Rehearsal is a tremendous playground and laughter is our fuel. It’s an absolute blast to see this production take its own form. This being my 3rd production of Noises Off, it still amazes me how the exact same characters can be so different from show to show! Bottom line: these people are funny and the show will be fantastic.

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

NS:  This is a tech heavy show! Props are a nightmare and the set is a monster! On top of that, this is an extremely physical show. Any long run of this show should be blessed by a religious figure! BUT, aside from its complexity, I can say that this show is in capable hands.

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

NS:  Farce was explained to me like this: “Think of those sequences in Scooby-Doo where they are running from door to door, hiding. Add mistaken identities and double entendres, now you’ve got farce.” Sex and Slapstick comedy. Who WOULDN’T want to see that!?

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

NS:  You will laugh. That’s all there is to it! Who doesn’t like a good laugh?! This show is a blast to watch --and you might be surprised to find yourself at the edge of your seat.

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

NS:  I’m a huge Laurel and Hardy fan. I also like cartoons. --What do you expect? I’m a circus clown!

LA: Sum up Noise Off in 3 words?

NS:  Theater. Disaster. Comedy.

LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?

NS:  As stated above, I am a circus clown when I’m not in a theater production. I joined Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus right out of high school and traveled with them for two years. I came home to go back to school while I was still young --went to Anoka Ramsey Community College. It was there that I met Scott Ford. The rest is history.