Revisit the roaring ‘20s in ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

April 30, 2013

Janet Van de Graaff, played by Jessie Spung, is praised as she performs her solo ‘Show Off.’ Photos by Lillian O’Rorke

Janet Van de Graaff, played by Jessie Spung, is praised as she performs her solo ‘Show Off.’ Photos by Lillian O’Rorke

Waiting in the wings of Skyline High School’s Lyceum Theatre, students sit quietly studying, but all that disappears when they are onstage, taking on the roles of drunkards, gangsters and flappers in the school’s new musical “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Opening May 1, the show takes audiences on a comical trip back into the days of prohibition, as imagined by a lonely old man listening to a record in his New York apartment.

“When I first heard the track for this production, I was hooked. There was no other option for what we should do for the musical this year,” production director Hannah Fry said. “It literally made me laugh out loud in my car, which gradually changed to singing at the top of my lungs.”

Written by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, the show is a satire of 1920’s musical comedies.

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