“Noises Off” A Door-Slamming Success

View PhotogalleryMay 3 marked the closing night of Trinity’s spring production, “Noises Off,” a comedic farce written by Michael Frayn. The hard work of student actors and the natural energy of the show kept audience members laughing.

“This show has been called the best production put on by Trinity,” said Caitlin Williams ’16 of Clarendon Hills, Illinois, who played the part of Dotty. “Students were coming to the show two, even three times.”

Matthew Mulder ’14 of Zeeland, Michigan, played the role of Tim and called the show “a resounding success that the audience greatly enjoyed.”

The show also presented a fair share of challenges, including the complexity of the set, which functioned as a two-story building complete with doors, windows, and the capacity to be rotated 360 degrees.

Other actors were challenged by the complexity of their characters. Heather Scholten ’14 of Worth, Illinois, played the part of Poppy. “The character was different than anything I’ve ever tackled before,” she said. “As an actor, you can develop a rough concept of what your strengths are and what roles you could possibly fill. This role surprised me, stretched me, and was a lot of fun.”

“This show was the most physically demanding show I have ever experienced, and probably will ever experience,” Williams said. “Running up and down stairs, jumping with shoes tied together, and swinging ‘axes’ to perfect choreography was exhausting but amazing.”

At the end-of-the-year banquet, students discussed past shows and looked forward to the next production in the fall.


Cast and Crew


DIRECTOR— Dr. John Sebestyen, associate professor of communication arts
STAGE MANAGER – Jane Griffin ’15 of Parker, Colorado
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR — Callie Bunker ’16 of Delavan, Wisconsin
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT – Kerry Garrison ’16 of Germantown Hills, Illinois
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT – Sarah Anderson ’15 of Frankfort, Illinois

DOTTY/CLACKETT – Cait Williams ’16 of Clarendon Hills, Illinois
LLOYD – Billy Doyle ’17 of Chicago, Illinois
GARRY/ROGER – Chris DeWaard ’14 of Holland, Michigan
BROOKE/VICKI – Megan Hanafee-Major ’16 of New Richmond, Wisconsin
POPPY – Heather Scholten ’14 of Worth, Illinois
FREDDY/PHILIP – Adam Frankenfeld ’15 of Ames, Iowa
BELINDA/FLAVIA – Kristen Blok ’15 of Lynden, Washington
TIM – Matt Mulder ’15 of Zeeland, Michigan
SELSDON/BURGLAR – Bobby Strange ’14 of South Holland, Illinois