‘Drowsy Chaperone’ takes center stage at TROY

Posted: Wednesday, 06 October 2010

TROY—The 2006 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” is being presented by Troy University’s Department of Theatre and Dance starting on Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The musical comedy will be performed at the Trojan Center Theatre and will also be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 and Oct. 18 and on Oct. 17 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are now available for purchase at the Troy University Box Office. Reserved tickets are $10 and TROY students may purchase tickets for $5 with student ID.

The play’s director Roy Hudson described the play as a musical within a show.

“When the man puts the record on it comes to life in his apartment,” Hudson said. “So the actors in ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ come out of the closets, the refrigerator, through the windows and then they act out the show. While that’s going on he’ll, once in awhile, stop the show and comment on the actors and the show.”

Hudson said the show also provides great social commentary through its main character.

“He makes comments about his life and how real life’s not like a musical,” Hudson said. “There’s really wonderful social commentary that’s in there, too. It’s a very, very funny show, but also he makes a lot of comments about prejudice and race. Those kinds of elements are brought in as well. It makes it a very different kind of show.”

Hudson won Alabama’s 2009 Teacher of the Year award while at Shades Valley High School in Irondale and was hired on July 1 as TROY’s director of theatre education and musical theatre.

Hudson said he is excited about the production and enjoys working with everyone involved including the students, the music department and the theatre department.

“It’s stunning,” Hudson said. “These students are very, very talented and they’ve worked really, really hard. They’ve done a really good job.”

Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts Dr. Maryjo Cochran said she is very excited about Hudson’s involvement and anticipates a great show

“Roy Hudson has more than 20 years of experience doing musical theatre,” Cochran said. “So, I anticipate this is going to be a blockbuster performance.”

Students performing in the production are Jeff Hawkins, a freshman theatre major from Birmingham, who is playing the role of Aldopho; Matt Thompson, senior theatre major from Enterprise, who is playing the role of Gangster #2; Wesley Jackson, a senior music industry major from Huntsville, who is playing the role of Underling; Kara McDowell is playing the role of Kitty; Jake Oakes, a theatre major from Linden, who is playing the role of Super; and Will Moody, a senior theatre major from Orange Beach, who is playing the role of Feldzieg.

Playing as the Drowsy Chaperone is Mary Catherine Chambliss, a sophomore theatre education major from Cataula, Ga.; Jessie Kisor, a junior theatre major from Centre, will play George; Janet Van De Graff is played by by Jessica Threet, a sophomore theatre major from Huntsville; Amanda Graham, a senor theatre major from Pell Cell, will play the role of Mrs Tottendale, and senior Trey Allen, a theatre major from Montgomery, plays as Gangster #1. Colin Cahill, a senior theatre major from Madison, plays the role of Robert Martin; Brittney Byrd, a senior theatre major from Greenville, plays Trix; and Doug Watkins, a senior theatre major from Huntsville, plays the role of the Man in Chair.

Other cast members include:

  • Judith Roberts, a junior theatre major from Decatur;
  • Ilysa Glover, a freshman theatre major from Bonifay, Fla.;
  • Grace Bailey, a freshman theatre major from Bonifay, Fla.;
  • Jerilyn Lowery, sophomore theatre and art major from Alexander City;
  • Sean Hopkins, a sophomore theatre education major from Bonifay, Fla.;
  • Ryder Hollis, a freshman theatre and communications major from Pell City;
  • Bryant Stokes, a senior theatre major from Troy; and
  • Jacobi Hall, a freshman theatre major from Huntsville.
DiChiara

Colin Cahill, a senior theatre major from Huntsville, and Jessica Threet, a sophomore theatre major from Madison, help bring the award-winning Broadway musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” to life on the Troy University stage in October. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)