Summer Theatre's 'The Drowsy Chaperone' to Start Thursday to Sunday Run

Unique Musical Is a Comedy within a Musical

July 16, 2014

Bryan Wallingford as the Man-in-the-Chair is so engrossed and enamored with the show,

Bryan Wallingford as the Man-in-the-Chair is so engrossed and enamored with the show, "The Drowsy Chaperone," that he appears on stage in the actual musical, which is a musical only in his mind as he plays an audio recording of the show in his apartment. He is pictured with Gina Beck portraying the actress and prospective bride, Janet Van de Graaf.

Wilmington College/Community Summer Theatre's The Drowsy Chaperone will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, at 2:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.

Billed as a “comedy within a musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone is under the direction of summer theatre veteran Cherie Cooper-Darragh.

The cast includes: Man-in-chair, Bryan Wallingford; Mrs. Tottendale, Tricia Heys; Underling, Steven F. Haines; Robert Martin, Timothy Larrick; George: Cole Haugh; Feldzeig, Matt Purkey; Kitty, Tonja Ruther; Gangster #1, Chris Carter; Gangster #2, Jessica Cunigan; Adolfo, Tim Brausch.

Also, Janet Van De Graaff, Gina L. Beck; The Drowsy Chaperone, Mary Alexander; Trix the Aviatrix, Claudia W. Fowler, Superintendant, Bekah Muchmore; and an ensemble comprised of: Mary Rizzardi, Matty Harrison, Alexia Minton, Victoria Martini, Andrew Conarroe, Gary Smith and Tevin Amburgy.

In addition to Cooper-Darragh as director, the show features Wynn Alexander’s set design with lighting design by Becky Haines, as well as Cole Haugh’s choreography, musical direction by Matt Spradlin and Amy Grey serving as assistant musical director.

With the houselights down, the show begins with a man in a chair that plays his favorite record, the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life with the cast of characters traveling through his apartment.

Throw in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theater producer, a not-so-bright hostess and her very proper, yet sarcastic butler, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, a ditsy show girl, the intoxicated chaperone of the bride and chorus folks — and “you have a show soup dense with delicious delight.”

Tickets and reservations are available by contacting the Theatre Box Office weekdays, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., at (937) 382-6661 ext. 267.