Laughs, music to keep audiences anything but 'Drowsy'
Woodbury Community Theatre will once again be time traveling back to the 1920s, but this time it’s bringing a plane and some laughs.
WCT’s spring musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” opens March 21 at the Loft Stage at East Ridge High School.
The play, which first went to Broadway in 2006, is a musical within a comedy that parodies the glitz and glam of 1920s musicals.
“Honestly, it’s the funniest show I’ve ever seen,” said director Lenore Weir. “I laughed out loud and I don’t laugh out loud easily.”
“The Drowsy Chaperone” has a number of different storylines intertwined, including a Broadway starlet leaving the stage behind in order to get married, a couple of mobsters working as bakers and a Latin Lothario who is trying to steal the bride on her wedding day.
“It has every classic relationship you can think of in it,” Weir said.
Weir, who typically directs a lot of the big, traditional musicals, said she thought “The Drowsy Chaperone” posed unique challenges for her and for the actors.
“I saw the show and it intrigued me because I’ve never done anything so comedic,” she said. “It would push me just to do it.
“We’ve never done anything so broad, and I like to do things that are different from the stuff that everyone has seen and has been done 15 times.”
In terms of acting, Weir said “The Drowsy Chaperone” has unique challenges. Not only does the show have 13 unique personalities, but the characters are outside the realm of reality.
“Usually you teach actors to play it real or serious, and this is going to be the opposite – don’t be real, be over the top,” she said. “The cast is having a great deal of fun with it because they can go kind of crazy, but I’ve been having to yank the chain back a little bit I’m finding.
“There’s a fine line between doing it so it is funny and overdoing it and it’s not funny anymore.”
“The Drowsy Chaperone” won’t be all laughs, though. There will also be a few surprises.
For example, a life-size replica of a 1920s biplane will be on stage during the show.
Additionally, “The Drowsy Chaperone” will have some big dance numbers, Weir said.
She said audiences can expect a night of laughs and music.
“The show is really well thought of nationally, but it’s just not done a lot for whatever reason,” she said. “The lines are as funny as can be and the music is wonderful and very peppy.
“It’s fresh and it’s new and audiences can expect to laugh all the way through it.”
Woodbury Community Theatre’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” will run March 21-22 and March 28-29 at 7 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on March 23 and March 30 at the Loft Stage at East Ridge High School. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for students; children under 5 and active military are free. Visit www.woodburycommunitytheatre.org for more information or to purchase tickets.