Laila Krugman likes a good challenge which is why she is enjoying being a part of the Skyline Theatre’s production of “Noises Off,” which opens this weekend.
“This show is one of the harder ones we have done at Skyline, which makes it all the more interesting,” says Krugman, a junior at Skyline HS. “It has been a real challenge to get used to the intricate and complex set that out wonderful technicians have built because in this show, timing is so very important. It has been very hard to keep everyone on the same page and to allow a really smoothly flowing show.”
“Noises Off” follows the on- and off-stage antics of a mediocre English touring company as they stumble from dress rehearsal to disastrous closing night of their comedic play, Nothing On. Absolutely everything that can go wrong does. Yet, the show must go on; despite the catastrophe being played out on stage and the vicious antics among the actors backstage.
“What I like about this play is that it combines all different types of characters to really capture the essence of a theatre production and all of the pieces that are involved in it,” says Krugman. “It allows people out of the theatre world to experience the challenges and wonders of show biz.”
Krugman, 16, plays Brooke, who plays Vicki in “Nothing on.”
“I like that she doesn’t care about what other people think of her and she just does her,” Krugman says. “Of course, a lot of this is due to the fact that she doesn’t really know what’s going on.”
Again, Krugman loves a challenge. And Brooke is a challenge.
“I love playing this character because it is unlike anything I’ve done and it has been a real challenge for me,” she says. “Sometimes her dimness can be frustrating for me as she isn’t exactly in tune with the other cast members.”
And what of those other cast members (left).
“This cast is one of the best I have worked with,” said Krugman, the daughter of Lisa Franklin and Jeff Krugman. “Every single person is so passionate about theatre and this show makes it possible to thrive and become brilliant. Everyone brings something different to the table and seeing how everyone’s creativity and drive fits together is truly amazing.”
Krugman’s acting career includes “Les Mis, Diviners,” “Shrek,” “Drowsy Chaperone,” and “Romeo and Juliet” at Skyline. She also has performed in “Snow Queen” at A2CT (Anna); “Phantom Tollbooth” at A2CT (Milo); and “Snow White” at EMU (young Snow White) among others.
Krugman loves acting for many reasons.
“It allows me to explore my character and helps me develop who I am as a person,” she says. “Acting shows me where I belong and lets me forget the stresses and unpleasantness of the world and just become someone else for a bit. While this began as simply for fun, theatre and acting has become a true passion and love for me that I can never see leaving behind.”
For now, Krugman plans are to continue her theatre work at Skyline and then go to a college where she can either double major or minor in theatre. She also is an excellent student – she has a 3.991 GPA.
“I want to go to a liberal arts school where I can get a solid education and earn a degree of some sort in psychology, while also spending the rest of my time doing as much theatre as I can,” she said. “After college, I want to pursue an acting career in musical theatre and straight theatre.”