From January 13-31, 2016, The Players Theatre gets whisked back to the roaring 20s when a die-hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album and the characters come to life in the hilarious musical farce “The Drowsy Chaperone”

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838 North Tamiami Trail  • Sarasota, FL 34236 • 941.365.2494 Fax: 941.954.0282

January 2, 2016

 

THE PLAYERS THEATRE PRESENTS “THE DROWSY CHAPERONE”

 

Sarasota, FL–From January 13-31, 2016, The Players Theatre gets whisked back to the roaring 20s when a die-hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album and the characters come to life in the hilarious musical farce “The Drowsy Chaperone”. Winner of 5 Tony Awards (including Best Book and Best Original Score), “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a loving send-up of the Jazz age musical featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. A masterful musical within a comedy, the narrator leads the audience through the backstage and on-stage silliness of the show he loves so dearly. A tap number, a rousing inspirational anthem, comedy routines, bad jokes, pastiche tunes, hoary ethnic songs, and a deus ex machina (with a propeller) fill the stage throughout the exposition. New York Magazine called it, “The Perfect Broadway Musical”.

Story: A man in a chair appears in a shadowy apartment and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and “The Drowsy Chaperone” begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not so bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

 

Jeffery Kin, Artistic Director comments, “A slice of musical theater heaven is how I would describe ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’. As a kid, putting on a show album whisked me away to so many different places…far away from my everyday farm kid world. I hope the same thing happens with you too– that the turbulence of your daily grind is left behind, and this delicious musical theater feast sweeps you away!”

 

The creators, and lead producers Kevin McCollum and Roy Miller, prefer not to call “The Drowsy Chaperone” a parody of musicals. They prefer to refer to it as an homage to old-fashioned shows that is aimed at, as McCollum said, “people who love musicals and people who are suspicious of them.”

 

Promo Photos: https://www.mediafire.com/folder/4807315jhnnfe/Promo_Photos

 

Performance Dates:

 

“The Drowsy Chaperone”

January 13-31, 2016

January 13: Preview Night

January 14: Opening Night

January 13, 14, 16, 19-23, 28-30 at 7:30PM

January 17, 23, 24 & 31 at 2:00PM

 

Tickets:

$25 Regular

$30 Premium (rows A-E)

$12 Full Time Student under 24 w/valid ID

 

Cast:

Man In Chair                       Michael Bajjaly

Mrs. Tottendale                   Betty Robinson

Underling                               Carl Bowman

Robert Martin                      Logan O’Neill

George                                   Berry Ayers

Feldzieg                                 Tony Boothby

Kitty                                       Amanda Heisey

Gangster #1                          Mike Phelan

Gangster #2                          Tom Palazzo

Aldolpho                               Chip Fisher

Janet Van De Graaff          Jessica Tasetano

The Drowsy Chaperone     Nancy Denton

Trix The Aviatrix                 Jordan Obbema

Superintendant                    David Russell

 

Ensemble:

Ladies                                    Ashley Figlow

Naomi Glatzer

Casey Kelley

Grace Vitale

Men                                        David Russell

Mark Menezes

 

Crew:

Director                                  Jared E. Walker

Musical Director                  Rick Bogner

Set Design                             Kenneth Mooney

Lighting Design                    Brian Frey

Costume Design                   Jared Walker

Technical Director               Ken Junkins

AVLE                                     Seth Berry

Props                                      Andrea Keddell

Stage Manager                     Kathy Junkins

Assistant Director                Helen Holiday

Assistant Stage Mgr            Josh Linderman

Assistant Tech Director      Alyssa Goudy

Associate Lighting Design  Jonathan White

Guest Choreographer          Charles Logan

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The Players Theatre 

838 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota FL 34236, 941-365-2494, Fax: 941-954-0282

www.theplayers.org. Box Office: Mon-Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and one hour prior to curtain time.

The Players Box Office is located on Tamiami Trail between 10th Street and Blvd. of the Arts.

 

 

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