Another Hit in the Making… The Drowsy Chaperone

The cast of this year’s spring play, Drowsy Chaperone, met for the first time Monday, December 9th to introduce themselves, hear instructions from Templeton High Drama Director Catherine Kingsbury, and to begin their first read through.

“I’m super excited to be back with my drama family!! We all have such a fun time making super fun memories!!” -Miles Martinelli, THS student

 The Drowsy Chaperone is Templeton High School’s spring musical and will be featuring some familiar faces, as well as some new-comers! If you liked Clayton Wicka in the role of Judge Danforth, you are going to be amazed has he takes on the role of The Man in the Chair.  Koby Wescom, who played a very powerful John Proctor, will move to George in the musical. Addie Madijala, who played Ann Putnam, will be playing Janet Van de Graaff. And Elyse Black, who also part of the Crucible cast in role of Mercy Lewis, will now be playing the title role of the Drowsy Chaperone.  

“The Drowsy Chaperone is a spectacularly written musical within a comedy, with the numerous hilarious moments as well as some deep reflection about life and love. A spectacular cast with spectacular songs, this show will transport you to the roarin’ 20s!” – Clayton Wicka, THS student 

The spring musical will also give newcomers a chance to shine for the first time.  Abbey Brady, who was a stand out performer in last year’s Mock Rock playing the ukulele, will be singing and dancing in the role of Trix.

The Drowsy Chaperone debuted in 1998 at The Rivoli in Toronto and opened on Broadway on May 1, 2006 and closed on December 30, 2007 after 674 performances. The show was nominated for multiple Broadway and West End theatre awards, winning five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. The show has had major productions in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, London, Melbourne and Japan, as well as two North American tours. 

“I am super excited to work with the people that are in the musical and get to know them better!!” -Abbey Brady, THS student

For those not familiar with the story it begins with the curtain rising on a present-day musical theatre fanatic eager to tell you about his favorite Broadway musical — “The Drowsy Chaperone.” He’s the ultimate “Everyfan” and “Drowsy” is his guilty pleasure.

As he begins listening to the rare cast recording, the show cleverly and magically blooms to life, telling the hilarious tale of a pampered Broadway starlet and her debonair fiance, an overzealous producer, a dizzy chorine, the Latin lover and a couple of bumbling gangsters. Ruses are played. Hi-jinks occur. And the plot spins everyone into musical comedy euphoria.

“To chase his blues away, a modern day musical theatre addict known simply as ‘Man in Chair’ drops the needle on his favorite LP — the 1928 musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the uproariously funny musical magically bursts to life on stage, telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married, her producer who sets out to sabotage the nuptials, her chaperone, the debonair groom, the dizzy chorine, the Latin lover and a pair of gangsters who double as pastry chefs. Man in Chair’s infectious love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the theatre.”

The THS production will show on March 26, 27, 28 and April 2, 3, 4.


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