This weekend: ‘Drowsy Chaperone’ staged by Staples Players
WESTPORT — The musical comedy, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” will be staged by the Staples Players this weekend and next at the high school.
The Tony Award-winning production is a “show-within-a-show is seen through the eyes of a musical theater fanatic, simply identified as the Man in Chair, who imagines performers coming to life in his living room whenever he plays the cast album to his favorite hit musical, ‘The Drowsy Chaperone,’ ” according to publicity for the show.
“The Drowsy Chaperone offers all of the elements that we love about musical theater — fabulous song and dance, romance, comedy — and pokes gentle fun at all of the things we tolerate about musical theater — slapstick jokes and primadonna actors,” Roth said.
The Drowsy Chaperone tells the story of a 1920s Broadway starlet, Janet Van De Graaff, who wants to marry and give up her stage career: a decision that has “madcap” repercussions. “As the story unfolds, and the Man in Chair brings the audience in and out of his fantasy, we meet a plethora of different characters, each more comical and entertaining than the next,” said Caroline Didelot, a senior who plays Janet.
Aaron Samuels, a Staples senior, plays the “Man in Chair.” “My character being a sort of liaison between the audience and the world of the show-within-a-show,” Samuels is quoted as saying in publcity for the show. “I get to spend a good deal of rehearsal watching my friends perform ... Their jokes do not get old, and their physical comedy makes me laugh harder each time I watch it.”
“Not only has the show-within-a-show concept provided the interesting challenge of playing an actress who is playing a character in another musical, but I also have been having a great time making a complete fool out of myself,” said Samantha Chachra, a senior double cast as the show’s titular character, Janet’s drunken chaperone.
“The show has tap dancing, roller skating, and even some monkeys,” said Colin McKechnie, a junior double cast as George, the best man.
The Staples production of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” in addition to the directing roles of Roth and Long, includes musical and vocal direction by Luke Rosenberg, original choreography by Rachel MacIsaac and Christopher Hudson Myers, set design by Peter Barbieri Jr., technical direction by Peter DiFranco and costume design by Susan Kobylinski.
Staples Players’ performances of “The Drowsy Chaperone” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 11, 12, 18 and 19. There also will be a matinee performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13. The snow date for all performances is 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20. All performances will be in the auditorium of Staples High School, 70 North Ave.
Tickets can be purchased online with a credit card at www.staplesplayers.com. Tickets will also be sold at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance, subject to availability. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students. Discounted tickets for senior citizens, $10, are available for the matinee.