Desert Foothills Theater presents ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Matthew Harris as Man in Chair in "The Drowsy Chaperone"  (photo by Wade Moran)

Matthew Harris as Man in Chair in “The Drowsy Chaperone” (photo by Wade Moran)

Desert Foothills Theater, a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, presents “The Drowsy Chaperone” Friday, Nov. 13 through Sunday, Nov. 22 on the main stage of Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., in north Scottsdale.

When a die-hard theater fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce.

Winner of five TONY Awards (including Best Book and Best Original Score), “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a Jazz age musical featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another, according to a press release.

Desert Foothills Theater’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” is co-directed by Marisa Brady and Jere Van Patten, who have collaborated on shows in the past and who are both well-known in the Valley’s theater community for directing at Mesa Community College, Desert Stages Theater, Mesa Encore Theater, and East Valley Children’s Theater.

“Our narrator, Matthew Harris, who plays The Man in Chair, is someone who is shamelessly in love with musicals and we both share that love,” stated Ms. Brady in the release. “Not only is this a fun show, it’s always entertaining to poke fun at a genre that we adore. The characters remind us of others from classic musicals that we are fond of, so we get to pay homage to them as well as point out their flaws.”

Emily Noxon as the Drowsy Chaperone (photo by Wade Moran)

Emily Noxon as the Drowsy Chaperone (photo by Wade Moran)

Directing a cast of 22 can be exciting but also challenging, the directors stated in the release.

“The biggest challenge is that a lot of our cast is young and they don’t know a lot of the classic musical theater characters they are playing. Thanks to Youtube, the actors are watching videos of these performers to help understand the caricature they are playing,” stated Mr. Van Patten.

The high-energy show will include tributes to all of the great musical actors of the past, such as Ethel Merman, Judy Garland and Al Jolson.

“Musical theater buffs will love all the inside jokes, and for audiences who aren’t familiar with the musical, they will still enjoy the music, dancing, and talent of all these performers,” stated Ms. Brady.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets range from $26 to $32.50 for adults and $16 to $21 for youth and students. Group sale discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Visit www.dftheater.org or call 480-488-1981.

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