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Tuesday March 28, 2017 at 4:39pm Age: 239 days
Category: High School, District

FIVE-TIME TONY WINNER “THE DROWSY CHAPERONE” MUSICAL COMEDY: MAR. 30, 31 & APR. 1


The costumes alone are worth the price of admission – thanks to designers and seamstresses Kathleen Cooper and June Higgins. And if you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, the cast and production teams hope this sneak peek will lead you to the tickets link: www.seatyourself.biz/minisink

PERFORMANCES: MARCH 30-31 & APRIL 1 ▪ 7 P.M. ▪ MVHS AUDITORIUM

Hear it from the cast…

Alex Booth, a senior, plays “The Man in the Chair” who brings a fictitious Broadway show to life when he listens to a recording of a 1920’s musical comedy, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Enter two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperonee, and you’re in for memorable madcap entertainment.  
 

Alex’s character is himself a member of the audience, and rarely interacts with other characters. “Much of acting is about reacting, but my character has no one to react to, which has been a new challenge for me,” Alex said. A big musical buff, Alex has enjoyed exploring a lesser known Broadway show, and is happy for the experience, before he’s off to pursue a degree in musical theater next fall. 

Victoria Duncan, also a senior, plays “The Drowsy Chaperone,” her first lead role. “Learning from my peers and the directors has been the best part about being in this production. It has really shaped me,” Victoria said. She has been acting since third grade, and comes from a family of actors, but she’ll be pursuing a major in political science after graduation.

For Brandon Bell, who plays George, the best man, “This show has been a different kind of challenge and a great learning experience.” Though Brandon is a seasoned student actor, “The Drowsy Chaperone” presented ample opportunity to learn new things, including tap dancing.

In her first lead role, Danielle Bellettiere plays Mrs. Tottendale, the wedding hostess who employs a man known as Underling, played by Evan Sacco. Danielle is happy to take on a bigger and different kind of challenge, but wishes she could skip “the spitting scene,” and requests that her apology be made public: “Sorry, Evan!”

First-time student directors…

The production is directed by Gary Passamonte, and students Nicole Martinez and Cori Grainger. Victor Izzo directs five professional musicians and eleven student musicians in the pit orchestra.

This is Nicole and Cori’s first time as student directors. “Directing gives you a very different outlook on a show,” Nicole said. “I’m helping others improve their performance, but I’m also seeing how I, too, can be a better actress.”

“I really liked directing,” Cori said. “It’s been fun to lead, to sit in the audience, and to make it happen.” Both student directors continue to prefer the stage and will be glad to return to it.

Acknowledgements…

One look at the set and it’s clear that a production as bold as this is as much about the actors as the people behind the scenes.  In addition to those afore mentioned – and the many unmentioned volunteers – the MVHS Drama Club acknowledges the indispensable and talented work of Domenic Vecchioli, set designer, and his construction team (Bill Cooper, Bill Graziano, and Nicholas Emanuele) and Lisa Ferrier, hair and wig designer.

You are invited…

All involved invite you to come out for a humorous and magical nigh of musical theater, and to make a show of support for the performing arts at Minisink Valley. 

 

(Photos provided by Sherry Buchanan.)