THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Show details 3rd to 18th March.
Adult - $30.00.
Concession - $26.00.
Group 10 or more - $26.00.
Youth 18 yrs and under - $18.00.
The Arcadians Theatre Groups next production ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ starts off in an unusual fashion. As the lights go down a sad little voice says “I hate theatre,” “well it’s so disappointing isn’t it.” “Let it be a good show – a short show.” “I just want a story and a few good songs.” As the lights go up we are transported to the bed-sit of a somewhat eccentric musical theatre fan, known only as The Man In The Chair. He invites the audience to join him in listening to a cast recording of his favourite show, a 1928 musical entitled ‘The Drowsy Chaperone.’ As he places the needle on the record the show materialises on stage. What follows next is a zany two hours (and no more) of weddings, mayhem, gangsters, songs, comedy, tap dancing in fact everything the man in the chair wished for.
But what is a Drowsy Chaperone I hear you ask? Well the show is set in 1928 right in the middle of the prohibition era in America. The Chaperone is given the task of looking after the bride the Broadway star Janet Van De Graaff on her wedding day. Due to the fact no one told her about prohibition, or more to the point she chose to ignore it, she is permanently drowsy (read Tipsy). Hence the title ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’.
‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ won five Tony Awards and had a very successful season in Melbourne with Geoffrey Rush as The Man In The Chair. At the end of the Melbourne run the show did not transfer to Sydney so here is your chance to see this very funny show aptly described as a musical within a comedy.