The Sheridan Arts Foundation Young People’s Theater presents its annual high school musical offering with “The Drowsy Chaperone” on Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 2 at the historic Sheridan Opera House. “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a musical for people who love musicals (and even for those who don't)!
Set partially in the modern day, the play opens with "Man in a Chair" a theatre geek who is obsessed with an old 1920s musical, 'The Drowsy Chaperone". He plays the audience a scratchy old record of the show, and the story takes off from there.
Featuring dazzling starlets, gangsters posing as bakers, a scheming Broadway producer, and a boozy ("drowsy") chaperone, this play's wacky cast is full of lovable, hilarious characters. While the Man in the Chair narrates the story, filling the audience in with some behind-the-scenes anecdotes (this is a true "play within a play"), the rest of the cast tells their silly tale of mistaken identities, Latin lovers and weddings galore.
"The music and dance numbers are what make this show so special — it's an "old school" musical in a sense, and I'm excited to be working with my students on a show like this" explains YPT director Jen Julia. 'But of course, we ‘YPT'd’ the show a little — we added a mid-play Pirate scene, complete with an original song —don't worry it'll make sense when you see it!"
“The Drowsy Chaperone” stars 28 students grades 9-12, and is the Young People's Theater's 48th full-length musical theater production. It plays January 30, 31 and February 2 (no show on Super bowl Sunday) at 6 pm nightly. Tickets are $13 for adults, and $11 for kids 12 and under. The concessions stand will be open for each show so bring the whole family down for a night of laughter and entertainment.