Theatre, Music Departments to Present “The Drowsy Chaperone”

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 4, 2014 – High Point University’s Departments of Theatre and Music will present a musical adaptation of Bob Martin’s book “The Drowsy Chaperone” at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20-22, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 23 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. It is open to the public, and tickets are available to purchase.

With music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, “The Drowsy Chaperone” musical is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The plot revolves around a man who is listening to one of his favorite records, a musical from 1928 entitled “The Drowsy Chaperone.” As soon as the record begins to play, the show comes to life in the man’s apartment.

“The unique element of this musical is that it is ‘a show within a show,’” says Doug Brown, assistant professor of theatre and director of HPU’s production. “Part of the fun is seeing how ‘the show’ emerges from within the confines of the man’s studio apartment.”

The production will star HPU seniors Fiona White, Madison Jordan and Stephen Sargent; juniors Summer Kiesel, Alexandra Oliver, Fletcher Armstrong and Jay Card; sophomores Heather Rossi and Alex Siegel; and freshmen Graham Baker and Matthew Hollis. The ensemble will feature juniors Cara Kramer, Roxy Daneman and Eliza Albritton; sophomore Meredith Matsakis; and freshman Shannon Howard. Multiple HPU music students will perform in the show’s orchestra as well.

Two professional actors, Brian Mullins and Emily Mark, will play the roles of Man in Chair and The Drowsy Chaperone, respectively.

“This is a fast paced, high energy show that is pure fun,” Brown adds. “The caliber of talent from the HPU students and professional actors will make for an enjoyable evening for theatergoers.”

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for non-HPU students and $3 for children 12 and under. HPU students receive one complimentary ticket by showing their valid HPU Passport Card. Those interested in purchasing tickets may contact the HPU Box Office at Hayworth Fine Arts Center at 336-841-4673.

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