Matt Rupp was asked which parts of “Noises Off” did the audiences enjoy the most during Skyline Theater’s performance of the 1982 play by the English playwright Michael Frayn this past weekend.
It would have been easier for the junior actor to answer which parts they didn’t like because that wouldn’t have taken as long to answer.
“It didn’t really seem like there was a moment that the audiences didn’t enjoy,” said Rupp. “Everything went super well. Everyone I talked to absolutely adored the show. There were a few moments that the audience especially enjoyed, such as the cactus bit in Act 2, my shoes being tied together in Act 2, the telephone bit in Act 3, the end of Act 3, and many more.”
Like with any play there are going to be some slip ups. But a good cast doesn’t miss a beat when that happens and since they came on stage so well prepared, the miscues were kept to a minimum and not even noticed at all by the folks in the seats.
“Noises Off” is a challenging show for any production company because it’s really two shows in one.
“There is a show within a show, so there is this certain set of lines that we have to memorize for ‘Nothing On,’” Rupp says. “However, the set of lines are different depending on each act, so I might say a line one way in Act 1 and another way in Act 2. Also, there are a lot of intentional mistakes and mishaps that occur, so we had to learn which ones go at which moments.”
Rupp admits that it was difficult to remember all that, and there “were a few moments when some of us forgot our lines, but it kind of blended with the show and we covered for it.”
He said by the end they were all pretty tired, but the cast and crew persevered and gave it their all.
“The beautiful thing about ‘Noises Off” is that if you actually make a mistake, it fits with the show so the audience doesn’t know what was intentional and what wasn’t,” he says. “For example, on opening night, one of our cast members forgot their line and there was at least a 10 second pause onstage, until someone reminded them what it was. The show then continued, and no one in the audience thought it was unintentional.”
Rupp played the part of Garry, who is an actor with a short temper, yet charming.
“He is in a relationship with Dotty and plays Roger in Nothing On,” Rupp says. “Roger is a high end estate realtor that has a thing with Vicki. I enjoyed playing Garry because it was a challenge to switch between various emotions, which I had to do frequently throughout the show. Also, Garry kind of bleeds into Roger a little in Act 2 and 3, so it was fun to mix the two together.”
Rupp said the show was “so much fun to perform.”
“It’s absolutely hilarious,” he said. “Not to mention, the cast and crew are some of the greatest people I’ve ever worked with. The cast is super close and the crew built an incredible set. It was an incredible experience I hope to never forget.”
Rupp, 16, is a veteran of the Skyline stage. He played Marius is “Les Miserables,” Farquaad in “Shrek the Musical,” Aldolpho in the “Drowsy Chaperone,” William Barfee in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” and Justin in “21 Chump Street.”
He also participated in “Get Hype” his freshmen year. He has appeared in more than 30 musicals since he was 8 years old.
Matt, the son of Richard and Julie Rupp, also is a member of the Skyline choir.
Acting is in his DNA and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“The thing I love about acting is that I’m able to leave my own shoes and step into someone else’s,” he says. “It’s cool to see other people’s perspectives on life, as well as play some unique and fun characters. I plan on double majoring or minoring in Musical Theatre in college. I just love the art form so much, and it is something I want to pursue for the rest of my life.”