Dozens of high school students in the Drama Club will act their hearts out as they perform The Drowsy Chaperone “comedy within a musical” in the high school auditorium on March 31 and April 1.
The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31 and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.
According to Wikipedia, The Drowsy Chaperone “is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan; as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors.”
The concept that the audience is listening to the musical on an old LP record is used throughout the show. As he listens to the show, Man in Chair is torn between his desire to absorb every moment of the show as it unfolds and his need to insert his personal footnotes and his extensive-but-trivial knowledge of musical performances and actors, as he frequently brings the audience in and out of the fantasy. As the show goes on, more of his personal life is revealed through his musings about the show, until, as the record ends, he is left again alone in his apartment – but still with his record of a long-beloved show to turn to whenever he’s blue,” according to Wikipedia.
The musical has won five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards since debuting in Toronto in 1998. The show opened on Broadway in 2006.