The 2011-12 theater season at Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee is shaping up to be bigger and more elaborate than ever.

They start off the season with "Noises Off," which involves an ensemble cast and a two-story rotating stage that, for the most part, the cast built themselves.

The show kicks off at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 and then plays at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20.

"Noises Off" is a play within a play. It is a comedic story that revolves around a group of people in show businesses who are trying to put on their own production.

"This is definitely the funniest (play) I have been in so far at Mountain Pointe," junior Matt Pierson said. "It's great because it's an ensemble cast, everyone is the main character. When everyone has a big part, they work a little extra hard."

The cast started rehearsing in late June, went all the way through July, and in their first week back spent hours after school preparing for opening night.

"I love the set and it is a farce comedy where everything that can go wrong does go wrong for these characters," senior Kayla Aicard said.

"Noises Off" is the school's first of five shows this year. They will also be performing "Hairspray," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Amadeus" and "Fully Committed." Director Kim Bonagofski said the amount of shows is being made possible because the program has expanded. For example, "Hairspray" will feature a cast of 75.

"We have a pretty big senior class this year, which in a way is sad because they will be leaving but it also expanded what scripts I could choose due to a more diverse range of actors," she said. "With the amount of shows we will be doing, it is going to be a busy year, but an exciting one."

There is also very quick turnaround for the actors. Auditions for the next show begin on the Monday following the weekend performances of "Noises Off." Mountain Pointe Theatre is located at 4201 E. Knox Road. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or troemhild@ahwatukee.com

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