The Belfast Area High School Footlight Players will present their first-ever full-length production with this spring’s presentation of the British comedy “Noises Off.”

Directed by Meg Nickerson, and described as the funniest farce ever written, “Noises Off” is a play within a play.

Act I is set during the dress rehearsal the night before the opening of the play “Nothing On.” The cast fumbles with entrances and exits, missed cues, misspoken lines and bothersome props, most notably several plates of sardines.

Act II portrays a Wednesday matinee performance one month later. In this act, the play is seen from backstage, providing a view that reveals deteriorating personal relationships among the cast members that have led to offstage shenanigans and onstage bedlam.

In Act III, attendees see a performance near the end of the 10-week run. Personal friction has continued to increase and everyone is bored and anxious to be done with the play. Actors attempt to cover up a series of mishaps, but they compound problems and draw attention to the bungled performance.

Much of the comedy emerges from subtle variations in each version as off-stage chaos affects on-stage performance, with a great deal of slapstick.

The nine-member cast includes:

• Nathan Howard as Lloyd Dallas, the British director of the play, “Nothing On”; 

• Clare Olson as Dotty Otley, a late-middle-aged actress and grand dame of the stage;

• Tyler Johnstone as Garry Legeune, a stuttering actor who is easily fired up;

• Dominic Williams as Frederick Fellows, an actor with a serious fear of violence and blood;

• Kaylee Pickering as Belinda Blair, a cheerful, sensible and reliable actress;

• Aubrey Hersom as Poppy Norton-Taylor, an emotional and over-sensitive assistant stage manager;

• Kaleb Hills as Selsdon Mowbray, an elderly, alcoholic British actor who hides his bottles on stage;

• Taylor Peabody as Timothy Allgood, an over-worked stage manager; and

• Tierra Knight as Brooke Ashton, a young, inexperienced, ditsy actress from London.

Nickerson promised plenty of laughs in the three-act production. The use of a two-level revolving set, designed and built by Gary Grant for the production, is expected to keep the show running smoothly.

Show dates are May 26-28 and June 3-4, with the curtain rising at 7 p.m. A matinee will be held Sunday, May 29, at 3 p.m. All performances will be in the BAHS gymnasium.

Tickets will be available at the door. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Opening night, Thursday, May 26, admission will be half-price.