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Come enjoy a good hearty laugh with the funniest farce ever written. Noises Off is a roller coaster, side-splitting look at theatre – inside and out – as a hapless troupe of actors attempt to mount the dreadful comedy Nothing On. Door slamming, missed cues, and romantic intrigue will have you roaring with laughter as the casts’ collective sanity slowly unravels. Yet, the show must go on; despite the catastrophe being played out on stage and the vicious antics among the actors backstage. All-the-while, an ill-fated tray of sardines mysteriously appears and disappears.
MEET THE CAST
Dale Dobson (Selsdon) is excited to return to The Encore with an amazing cast and production staff for this classic comedy. He has most recently been seen at The Encore in My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins, and at The Dio in Cabaret.
Julia Garlotte (Belinda) is a graduate of The University of Michigan and the apprenticeship at The Purple Rose Theatre where she is an associate artist. Recent stage credits include Campfire (Ringwald Theatre), Alone With Friends (Planet Ant Theatre), The (female) Odd Couple (Tipping Point Theatre), Art of Murder (Williamston Theatre), and King Lear (Wilde Award Winner, Best Performance – The Bard, Shakespeare in Detroit). She is also a sound designer and a lover of cats and sci-fi.
Daniel A. Helmer (Lloyd) is elated to be back at The Encore for Noises Off after appearing in Mary Poppins (George Banks), Assassins (Guiteau), and others. This classic farce has eluded him as an actor and audience member, but it was well worth the wait, being encompassed by such wonderful, talented professionals.
Wendy Katz Hiller (Dottie) is delighted to be returning for her fourth production at The Encore, previously appearing as the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Joanne in Company, and, most recently, as Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins. Winner of the 2016 Wilde Award for her portrayal of Mrs. Malaprop in The Rivals with The Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Wendy has also performed with The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, The Matrix Theatre, Open Book Theatre, and the Performance Network.
Keith Kalinowski (Tim) is no stranger to The Encore stage, where he was last seen as Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Previous Encore credits include Assassins (Sam Byck), The Music Man (Charlie Cowell), Monty Python’s Spamalot (King Arthur – for which he received a Wilde Award nomination for Best Performance in a Musical), Jesus Christ Superstar (King Herod), The Fantasticks (Henry the Old Actor) and others. He was the recipient of the 2013 Wilde Award for Best Performance by an Actor for his role as Francis Hardy in Brian Friel’s Faith Healer at the Abreact in Detroit. Keith has performed or worked backstage for many of the theatres in SE Michigan, including The Gem, Detroit Opera House, Planet Ant Theatre, Williamston Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre, and Hilberry Theatre. He earned his BFA in Acting from Wayne State University and has been working steadily ever since. He currently lives in Ypsilanti with his dog, Eenie.
Rusty Mewha (Frederick) is very happy to be returning to the Encore stage. Encore credits: Plaid Tidings, Godspell, It’s a Wonderful Life, Little Women, and Oklahoma. He is a Resident Artist at The Purple Rose Theatre Company (Morning’s at Seven, 2AZ, Spring Comedy Festival, The Vast Difference, Miles and Ellie, Honus and Me), and regularly performs at Meadow Brook Theatre and other Southeast Michigan theatres. TV: Comedy Central’s Detroiters (2017). Film: Liberty’s Secret, Prayers for Bobby, Red Dawn, Whip It, Conviction, Highland Park. Proud member: AEA, SAG/AFTRA.
Chris Purchis (Poppy) is excited to return to The Encore where she was last seen as Widow Corney in Oliver! Other credits include The American Plan (MSU Summer Circle), The Woman in Black and The Dead Guy (Williamston Theatre), Hank Williams: Lost Highway (LCC Summer Stage Under the Stars), Orphan Train: An American Melodrama (Purple Rose Theatre Company) and Godspell (Chelsea Area Players). Chris received her degree in Arts Management from Eastern Michigan University and is the Managing Director/Co-Founder of the Williamston Theatre.
Derek Ridge (Garry) is ecstatic to appear in his first production at the Encore Musical Theatre Company with such amazing actors, crew, and director. He is currently in the Michigan Shakespeare Festival High School touring company performing Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet and Banquo in Macbeth. Derek has also been seen in Performance Network’s productions of Richard III, Dickens: An A Cappella Carol, and Why Not Me? A Sammy Davis Jr. Story.
Tara Tomcsik-Husak (Brooke) is thrilled to be back at The Encore playing Brooke in Noises Off. Over the past 19 years, she has performed professionally at Tipping Point, Meadow Brook Theater, The Encore Musical Theatre, Two Muses, The City Theatre, Go Comedy Improv, and many other local venues. Some of her favorite roles include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and Annie/Shelly in Evil Dead the Musical. While living in NYC, she worked on the soap “All My Children” amongst other shows and can be seen (or heard) in many commercials. Tara has three degrees from Wayne State University. As for her “day job”, she stays VERY BUSY serving works as the Vice President of Mission Advancement for the American Heart Association for the state of Michigan.