‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

The final Kings High School Theatre production of the year is about to be put on. The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical about a man who listens to his favorite musical album, The Drowsy Chaperone, and suddenly the musical comes to life right in his own apartment. This story about love and a “gay” wedding is a comical one, and sure to draw in people of all kinds.  

Director, Scott Hayward has had the idea for the musical on his short list for the past few years, and has decided that this year would be a good time to use it.

“The Drowsy Chaperone is a show that offers a lot of challenges in learning comedic timing, both in terms of line delivery and physicality and I thought that this is something that our students could really learn from,” says Hayward.

The cast includes 24 actors, 11 crew members, and 25 pit members. All of which have been working on the musical since February. Typical practices are about 3-4 times a week for 3 hours. This week all members have been working for 5 hours a day to put the final touches on the show.

A musical within a musical is certainly what the wow factor is for the show according to Hayward, and cast member Grant Abbott who also says the show is “wildly hilarious.”

The concept of the show was a little difficult to work with, but Hayward and the cast were able to make it great.

“Basically we had to come up with the ideas of what the musical would look like in our main characters head and how it would come to life inside the main room of his apartment,” Hayward explained.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

This isn’t the last theatre production overall though, Junior High Dinner Theatre takes place on May 13th which consists of a show directed by high school students and performed by junior high students.

Maddie DePaoli

By Maddie DePaoli

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