‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ set to open at CHS

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Posted 4/17/17

Cleveland High School theater presents its spring musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which was the winner of five Tony Awards.

The Drowsy Chaperone is under the direction of Don Markham, with …

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‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ set to open at CHS

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Cleveland High School theater presents its spring musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which was the winner of five Tony Awards.

The Drowsy Chaperone is under the direction of Don Markham, with Melissa Dasher as choral director, and Jim Burton as orchestra conductor.

The Spring Musical will be presented on April 20-24 at 7 p.m. and April 23 at 2:30. All performances will be held in the Betsy Vines Memorial Theater at Cleveland High School. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. CCS faculty are admitted free with ID. This spring’s musical performances are dedicated to Mrs. Shirley Pace who is retiring this spring. For anyone who has been a cast member under the direction of Mrs. Pace, a sign-in book will be provided in the lobby for those who want to wish her the best in her retirement or share a special memory. All former cast/crew members of CHS musicals who worked under the direction of Shirley Pace get in at student price.

About “The Drowsy Chaperone”

When wealthy widow Mrs. Tottendale hosts the wedding of the year, she gets a lot more than a write-up in the society pages: Janet Van de Graaf, glittering starlet of Feldzieg’s Follies, is leaving the stage for love, a turn of events which horrifies the angry and anxious Mr. Feldzieg, whose chief investor has sent two gangsters disguised as pastry chefs to make sure he stops the wedding. Hiring Aldolpho, a Latin lover more vain than virile, to seduce the bride, is unsuccessful, as Janet’s chaperone, a drunken diva, gets herself mistaken for the bride and seduced in Janet’s place. It is left to eager best man, George, to quite by accident break up the happy pair, when he sends groom Robert Martin out to the garden, blindfolded, and in roller skates. Will there be a happy wedding or not?

This magical piece of theatre is playful, and heartfelt. It contains music of the 1920s, that features a chirpy jazz age score by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, and a lively, clever book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, both of whom were Tony winners in 2006. The score boasts such tunes as the scenery-chomping “Show Off”, the sizzling and silly “I Am Aldolpho”, and the double-entendre laden “Toledo Surprise.”

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