Drama Club set to debut spring musical The Drowsy Chaperone

Calista Busch | Staff Writer

Audiences do not have to worry about falling asleep during Mason Drama Club’s spring musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, coming April 27.

This musical takes place in The Man in the Chair’s apartment as he listens to a record of the musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, and it unfolds behind him. This musical inside a musical tells the tale of a chaperone accompanying a young bride, played by senior Kayla Stroud.

Senior Michelle Guiot, who plays the chaperone, said her character is attempting to keep the bride from her fiance but fails at her duty through several comedic twists.

“I am Janet, who is played by Kayla Stroud, her chaperone because the bride and the groom can not see each other on their wedding day,” Guiot said. “I do my job horrible and get drunk and lay around all day.”

Director Allen Young said the show is different than past productions in several ways. The musical takes place in only one, elaborate set providing challenges for the actors.

“It’s very short (and) concise,” Young said. “It’s half the length of our last two shows. It’s been a challenge technically (because) the setting has to have a bunch of tricks in it. It’s a really big setting but weird things happen.”

Guiot said while the cast has faced very few problems, she has had some challenges with the parts of her character.

“Vocally, it was really tough,” Guiot said. “The range is really big. I have a cool bed I slide in on that’s kind of a scary transition to get onto the stage.”

Sophomore Emma Miller is the student director for the play said she enjoyed being a part of this musical and she is excited for the production.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Miller said. “I think it’s going to go well. I think that since audiences don’t know much about the show, they’re going to see it and be pleasantly surprised.”

Guiot said the cast is very prepared for the upcoming production.

“I think it’s going to be really funny,” Guiot said. “There’s no problems we’ve had so far. I think it’ll be one of the best shows we’ve had here.”

Despite some challenges, Young said he is very happy with the way the musical has turned out.

“I think this might be one of our best musicals ever,” Young said. “It’s been going really well. Everyone who comes to the show will enjoy it.”

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