Stage Tours for ‘Noises Off’ and ‘Men on Boats’

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance will present two stage tours for the upcoming productions of “Noises Off” and “Men on Boats” the last week of January.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, GTA artistic director and show director Jim Hammond will showcase the elaborate preparations for “Noises Off,” including a revolving set on which sardines fly, pants drop and endless doors slam with abandon for the beloved British sex-farce. Costume designer Pamela Workman will be there to discuss her pants-dropping (literally) designs, as will lighting designer and GTA alum, Jennifer Trippe Nakahara.  Patrons will be treated to a taste of the production in the form of one of its uproarious scenes.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, visitors will be welcomed to the Lake Lanier Olympic Boat House by the music of bluegrass composer and performer Kyle Cantrall. GTA resident director Elisa Carlson will discuss the unusual casting choice of the “Men on Boats” playwright. Scenic designer Larry Cook and lighting designer Evan Freeman will talk about the theater tricks involved in converting the small UNG-Gainesville theater into the Grand Canyon with rushing water.

The stage tours are free and open to the public. For more information on the stage tours and for tickets and information on the actual performances, call the box office at 678-717-3624 or visit