For those with the dream of peeking behind the curtain to delve into the world of magic that drives live performance, UT's theater department is now making this dream possible.
The department will put on Michael Frayn's comedy, "Noises Off," beginning Thursday and running through Sept. 22 at the Clarence Brown Theatre.
"Noises Off" features a play within a play, following an English theater troupe as they stumble through their performances of a play entitled "Nothing On." These characters deal with backstage romances and missed cues that haunt them from dress rehearsal to closing night, according to the CBT website.
David Byrd, managing director of UT's theater department, emphasizes the way "Noises Off" uses what happens behind the curtain as humorous material.
"It's a hilarious farce," Byrd said. "It really gives the audience member a chance to see behind-the-scenes."
The production, directed by Greg Leaming, boasts a cast of nine actors, whose resumes vary from graduate students and faculty to guests from New York and Chicago, according to Byrd.
The Clarence Brown Theatre also offers a chance to go behind the scenes after the Sept. 11 and 12 performances of "Noises Off." According to the CBT website, this will give attendees an idea of what happens behind the curtain at a real playhouse.
Each tour begins 10 minutes after the show, and lasts between 15 and 20 minutes. These tours are free, and tickets must be reserved.
"Noises Off" is the first play of the season and will be followed by various plays throughout the semester.
"We are very excited for a great season," Byrd said. "There is a wonderful mix of comedies, dramas, and even a musical."
These productions include "A Christmas Carol" in November and Monty Python's "Spamalot" in the spring.
Casey Renegar, junior in psychology, is a fan of the variety of the CBT.
"I would definitely recommend going to a play [at the Clarence Brown Theater]," Renegar said. "I'm looking forward to going to another performance sometime this year."
The CBT will feature an open caption performance during the Sept. 8 matinee, making it the first professionally-produced theater to offer this option in Tennessee.
Students can buy tickets online, at www.clarencetheater.com/students. Prices range from $10 opening night to $5 for the remaining performances with a free performance scheduled for Thursday night. Tickets must be purchased individually, but if you wish to sit with a group, use the "Pick Your Own Seat" feature online.