Players to present ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’


The comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone” will be presented by Community Players of Salisbury from June 22 to 24.

With original music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, the play is a parody of the American musical comedy of the 1920s.

Directed by Community Players veteran Dr. Kel Nagel, the play focuses on a frumpy bachelor who, to relieve his feelings of being blue, plays his recording of the fictional 1928 musical The Drowsy Chaperone, then proceeds to narrate the show for the audience as it comes to life in his New York City apartment.

Starring Steve Culver as the Man in the Chair, and with a cast of about 20, “The Drowsy Chaperone” features characters including Mrs. Tottendale, described by Nagel as a “mildly, but pleasantly, demented widow who is hosting the wedding of Robert and Janet at her estate”; Robert Martin, the groom-to-be and a wealthy oil heir; Robert’s best man, goofy George; Feldzieg, the owner and producer of Feldzieg’s Follies, who fears financial ruin if his leading lady, Janet, leaves show business to marry Robert; Kitty, who wants to be the leading lady; two gangsters; and Aldolpho, a self-proclaimed Latin lover.

“We would rate it PG because two characters hop into bed but that’s it. They literally hop into bed but that disappears and the lights go out,” Nagel said.

“It’s a fun show. Everything about the show is fun.  There is essentially nothing serious about it. In the end, every show has to be about something so this one is about why we write musicals, if we do, or why escape and entertainment are necessary for the human condition. It’s a send-up of the musical comedy. There are no Nazis and no murderers in this show. There are gangsters. The gangsters in this show are more or less parodies from a play like Guys and Dolls,” Nagel said.

The Drowsy Chaperone will be performed in the Wicomico High School Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. See communityplayersofsalisbury.org.

 

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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