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‘Drowsy Chaperone’ finale to Hayswood’s 50th season

‘Drowsy Chaperone’ finale to Hayswood’s 50th season
‘Drowsy Chaperone’ finale to Hayswood’s 50th season
The cast of “The Drowsy Chaperone” runs through a rehearsal at Hayswood Theatre. The show, the final in the theatre’s 50th season, will open Friday and run for three weekends. Submitted photo

As the final show of its 50th season, Hayswood Theatre in Corydon brings to the stage “The Drowsy Chaperone,” winner of multiple Tony Awards (2006) for a musical.

“To me, this is one of the funniest musicals that has been on Broadway over the years and has so many laugh-out-loud moments,” said Allen Platt, who co-directs the production with Emily Trinkle, “and we have been blessed with a strong and experienced cast.”

The story parodies a fictitious 1920s musical, called “The Drowsy Chaperone,” narrated by a character called the Man in Chair. The Man’s recollections of the musical take us inside his love of its actors and music, as the story actually comes to life before the audience in the Man’s living room. He also hilariously discusses the world of theatre in the 1920s, with both its larger-than-life stars often stuck in stereotypical roles, as well as its catchy and rousing music.

The comedy features a chirpy jazz-age score by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and a lively, clever book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar (Tony Award winners).

“This show reminds us why we love theatre and how a good story and music can stay with us for years after we have first experienced it on stage,” Trinkle said.

Hayswood Theatre, while entertaining local audiences for years, has also served as a vital community theatre, giving many actors the opportunity to engage in the art of live theatre, even featuring through the years performers who ultimately appeared professionally on TV, in movies and on stages around the country.

Tickets for “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which will open Friday and run for three weekends, are available at www.hayswoodtheatre.org.

The theatre’s 51st season lineup has been announced and will begin Oct. 6 with “She Kills Monsters.”

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