“The Drowsy Chaperone” is Coming to Weedsport’s Stage Soon


Jalen Flaherty, Staff Writer

If you haven’t heard, Weedsport’s Musical Theatre Program will be putting on the popular Broadway show The Drowsy Chaperone. Now, you’re probably thinking what I first thought, which is, “What even is The Drowsy Chaperone?”
Don’t worry, everyone thought that because it isn’t common. The story itself is completely unique to itself and that’s why I think this production will be so special. And if you plan to see the show this March and you don’t want to be totally surprised you might want to give this a read.

The plot line isn’t necessarily simple. The narrator or “Man in Chair” starts off the show by talking about his love for the theatre. Particularly, his love for the show The Drowsy Chaperone which only exists in his world. As he plays his record set of the show, the characters seem to come to life in his apartment. While going through the show the viewer is treated to the craziness of a show from the 1920’s, and the depth of “Man in Chair” and his real view of theatre.

Man in Chair will be played by senior, Connor VanEpps. When asking Connor about his thoughts on the show, he was very excited. “I think this musical is the most intuitive show I’ve come across, it has this emotional depth to it that I think most shows don’t have.” I continued asking him his thoughts on this character and how he portrayed such an in depth person. “I think Man in Chair is this really amazing role that I think people can relate to,” he said. “It’s a very deep role that even I can relate to, which makes this one of my favorite musicals ever written.”

Featured along with VanEpps is fellow senior Francie Motto as the Drowsy Chaperone, Lauren Cuipylo as Janet Van de Graaff, Drake Butler as Robert Martin, and Kyle Walker as George. Continuing, Gabby Babilot as Mrs. Tottendale, Garrett Sevier as Underling, Julia Thomas and Jalen Flaherty as Gangsters, and Alec Barner and Maddie Patchin as Feldzieg and Kitty.

The Drowsy Chaperone is a winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Book. New York Magazine claimed it was “The Perfect Broadway Musical.” Each character in the show pokes fun at the common stereotypes found in musical theatre. Creating a variety of characters and a night full of laughter. This year’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone is set to be March 17th and 18th, so make sure to keep an eye out for upcoming information and tickets.