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Jazz Age comes to life in 'Drowsy Chaperone'

Published 1:44 pm, Thursday, March 13, 2014

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  • Darien High School Theatre 308 member Dylan Gabriel plays "Man in Chair" in the production of "The Drowsy Chaperone," which will be performed March 20 to 22. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / Darien News
    Darien High School Theatre 308 member Dylan Gabriel plays "Man in Chair" in the production of "The Drowsy Chaperone," which will be performed March 20 to 22. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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The Jazz Age of the 1920s takes center stage when Theatre 308 presents "The Drowsy Chaperone," which will be performed March 20 to 22 at Darien High School.

All performances take place at 7 p.m. Theatre 308 is a collaborative effort between DHS students and faculty.

The "Man in Chair" reminisces about the 1920s Jazz Age of Broadway.

As he listens to 1928 recording of his favorite musical, the (fictional) "Drowsy Chaperone," the characters come to life in his living room. The show-within-a show parodies Broadway musicals.

With two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate Broadway producer, an eager chorus girl, a past-his-prime Don Juan and a "drowsy" chaperone, hijinks ensue as identities are mistaken and accidents happen.

"The Drowsy Chaperone," from the book by Bob Martin and Don McKeller, is directed by Lauren DiStefano and produced by Chris Andrade. The music and lyrics are by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.

The cast lineup is Dylan Gabriel playing Man in Chair, Ford Thompson as Mrs. Tottendale, Chris Perkowski as Underling, Carson Stewart as Robert Martin, Daniel Traver as George, Drew Hardin as Feldzieg, Sofie Sheldon as Kitty, Mitch Losito and Peter Traver as Gangsters, Edward Edwards as Adolpho, Leah Hotchkiss as Janet Van de Graaf, Kristen Misthopoulous as the Drowsy Chaperone, Jordan Kaloyanide as Trix the Aviatrix, Matt Hayes as The Superintendent, and Wyatt Piedra, Claire Hilton, Melanie Turner and Matt Hayes as Reporters.

The ensemble, led by dance captain Lee Thalhamer, includes Avery Brook, Jessica Campbell, Francesca Cara, Hayley Collier, Katie Condren, Drake Corrigan, Erika Dodge, Olivia Fordyce, Madison Gabriel, Katherine Gunya, Matt Hayes, Claire Hilton, Izzy Howe, Sofia Imbimbo, Christina Noujaim, Katy Murphy, Claire O'Leary, Wyatt Piedra, Cassidy Stauffer, Melanie Turner and Samantha Wind.

The vocal director is Wesley Marchena, the choreographer is Caitlin Roberts and the stage manager is Jessica DeRocco,

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased by visiting theatre308.org.