Campus Candids

"The Drowsy Chaperone"

This year's musical, performed by The John Burroughs Players, was The Drowsy Chaperone. On February 25, 26 and 27, the curtain opened on a modern-day musical theatre addict known simply as “Man in Chair” (Nick Kime ’18). To chase his blues away, he dropped the needle on his favorite record, the 1928 musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the musical magically burst to life inside The Man’s drab New York City apartment. The Man guided the audience through the show which tells the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married, her producer who sets out to sabotage the nuptials, her chaperone, the debonair groom and his best man, the dizzy chorine, the Latin lover, a forgetful hostess and her ever-patient butler, and a pair of gangsters who double as pastry chefs.

The Burroughs production of The Drowsy Chaperone featured a cast of 34 including Alie Hobler ’16 as Janet; R.B. Smith ’16 as Robert; Camille Lo Bianco ’16 as Beatrice Stockwell; Humza Agha ’16 as Aldolpho; Griffin Kennard ’16 as Feldzieg; Margy McCallum ’16 as Kitty; Erin Byrne ’16 as Tottendale; Jeremy Pinson ’16 as Underling, Myls Walker ’16 as George; Mya Harris ’16 as Trix; and Nathan Hoagland ’17 and Tyler Palan ’19 as The Gangsters. A 22-member ensemble rounded out the cast.

The Drowsy Chaperone was directed by Drew Battles (Theatre), Jerry Estes (Music) directed the score and orchestra, and Brian Connor (Theatre) handled the set and props. Madeleine Johnson ’16 served as the production stage manager, Phoebe Sklansky ’18 and Sophie Hurwitz ’17 were assistant stage managers, and Maddie Swanson ’16 was Mr. Battles' assistant.

Here are pictures, courtesy of Grayce Nieberle '16 and Andrew Newman (school photographer, fine arts).