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Drowsy Chaperone hits the CFA

Theatre program preforms their version

By Hannah Kepros
On February 28, 2012

It is Friday night at the Toland Theatre.  The curtain begins to rise, but the lights remain off Jake Voss, the part "man in chair" starts, an opening narration.  This narration sets the tone and scene for UW-La Crosse theater performance, "The Drowsy Chaperone."

     "The Drowsy Chaperone" was originally a book written by Bob Martin and Don McKeller. UW-L's Theatre Director, Mary Leonard, puts her own spin on this classic number, which comes to life through the eyes of the man in the chair. The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical comedy about a man who gets so engulfed in the music of the show that, in his mind, he brings the 1920 Broadway musical to his own apartment.  The plot of the play revolves around a wedding.  A famous Hollywood star, played by Sarah Shervey, is planning to give up her impressive career to marry a man.  Chaos ensues during the planning of the wedding, which all other individuals are trying to stop from happening. And to a chaperone, played by Lindsay Van Norman who just wants to drink despite the prohibition, the play provides an enthralling source of crazy entertainment.

       This performance is a very exciting and fast-paced production. The man in chair's narration and dialogue add a second element aside from the actual plot, which keeps the production light and humorous, and is

unlike the typical playwright.

    And, what is a show without good acting?  Leonard cast 27 students to perform in this play, and every character has an important personality to portray.  From wittiness to drunkenness to sexuality, nothing was spared during this performance, and all actors performed their role with precision.

    From the acting to everything done off stage: lights, sound, stage crew, it was a very well constructed Musical comedy.

    "My friend drug me to the play, but when I went to it Friday night, I really enjoyed seeing it.  It was really entertaining and the acting

was extremely good," said UW-L sophomore, Nick Wuensch.

   If you're in need of entertainment, it is extremely exciting, enthralling, and humerous, well worth the small fee.

The play is showing at the Toland Theatre this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, tickets can be purchased in the box office at the Performing Arts Center on campus.  The student price is five dollars with a student I.D.

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