The cast of The Drowsy Chaperone rehearsing the piece.
The cast of The Drowsy Chaperone rehearsing the piece. Contributed

The Drowsy Chaperone is no ordinary musical

BANGALOW A&I Hall, that grand old dame, will play host to the Drowsy Chaperone, the first production by the newly formed Bangalow Theatre Company.

There will be two performances by the new company founded by Anouska Gammon and Adrienne Megan Lester.

"This really is not your average musical," said Ms Gammon. "We want people to walk away with a new-found love and appreciation for musical theatre."

The Drowsy Chaperone is parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s.

The story concerns a middle-aged, social musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favourite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors.

The Drowsy Chaperone debuted in 1998 at The Rivoli in Toronto and opened on Broadway in 2006. The Tony Award-winning show features a cast of local actors ranging from 15 to 69 in age, with many of the youngsters getting their first taste of treading the boards.

Bridie Duff is in Year 12 at Woodlawn and has an ambition to go into a career in theatre and film after graduation.

"I love how vibrant and alive the play is and how it will have an effect on the whole audience," she said.

Kendra Daniels from Bangalow and in Year 12 at Xavier Catholic College said the costumes were one of the best things about the show.

"The play is so much fun to watch and also to perform in, with loads of singing with great catchy songs," she said.

"(I would) like to pursue a life in film and drama. Its been a dream of mine since I was young."

Yazmin Wright from Mullumbimby High School said she had learnt a lot about stage craft and a lot about dancing the Charleston.

"People will be transported away from the everyday," she said.

At the A&I Hall today (Friday) and Saturday at 7.30pm. Click here to book tickets. Performance commences at 7.30pm, with pre-show drinks and canapes from 6.30pm.



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