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An Early Look: Rehearsal Photos From “The Drowsy Chaperone” At Wheaton Drama

The cheerful sounds of music, laughter, and tap dancing can be heard at Wheaton Drama's Playhouse 111 this month as  The Drowsy Chaperone cast rehearses. The laughter is an indication of the fun the cast and production staff are having with each other and the show's delightfully daft characters.  

 

Winner of multiple Tony Awards, including Best Book and Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving spoof of old musicals. When show narrator Man in Chair plays for the audience a record of his favorite 1920s musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, the show bursts to life in his living room. Amongst the cast are a Follies girl seeking true love, her attractive but dim groom-to-be, a chaperone who likes to tipple (hence being “drowsy”),  an over-the-top Latin Lothario, a hapless best man, and a Follies producer harassed by two “punny” gangsters.

The Drowsy Chaperone is a further collaboration between director Craig Gustafson, musical director Sue Kinney, and choreographer Tracy Adams. Genevieve Pastore has also joined the team again as production manager. All worked together on Wheaton Drama's 2009-2010 season finale, this June's CHICAGO.

 

While The Drowsy Chaperone shares its key production staff and their ?love of quality theatre (and fun!) with   CHICAGO, Drowsy Chaperone audiences will be treated to a ??very???????????????? different ?s?h?o?w?.? ????????????Director Craig Gustafson has noted that T??h?e ?Drowsy ?C?haperone ?is? “G ?rated” and a “very innocent type of show.” ???

 

The Drowsy Chaperone cast is: Susan Able Barry (Mrs. Tottendale); Garrett Ard (George); Harmony Barry (Ensemble); Angelicque Cate (Kitty); Andrew Dameron (Robert Martin); Ron Fletcher (Ensemble); Katie Follmann (Trix); Zachary Gibson (Ensemble); Harold LeBoyer (Underling); Sara Malloy (Janet Van de Graaff); Mark Mocarski (Gangster 1); Dennis Paul (Gangster 2); Amy Royle (Ensemble); Steve Schroeder (Aldolpho); Lars Timpa (Feldzieg); Pam Turlow (The Drowsy Chaperone); Stuart Vance (Man in Chair).

 

Performances of The Drowsy Chaperone are September 17 through October 10, 2010. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $21 each, except Thursdays, which have a special price of $18 per ticket.

 

Tickets are on sale now. Audiences are encouraged to purchase early for best selection.

 

The Drowsy Chaperone has lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar. The show is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

 

Other shows in Wheaton Drama’s 2010-2011 season are Little Women, Twentieth Century, All My Sons, and 1776.

 

For tickets and information, please visit www.wheatondrama.org or call 630-260-1820.

 

At play since 1931, Wheaton Drama’s quality productions are staged at Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale Street in downtown Wheaton. Excellent restaurants and free parking are within walking distance of the Playhouse.     

Article by Jo-Ann Ledger for Wheaton Drama. Contact: publicity@wheatondrama.org

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