STLCOP Theater Presents "The Drowsy Chaperone"

Published on 06 April 2017

The St. Louis College of Pharmacy production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” marks the return of the College’s annual spring musical. Brimming with engaging music, personable characters, humor and compelling pathos, the musical is a self-aware exploration of musical theatre.

The show begins with the narrator, Man in Chair, and a recording of his favorite musical comedy, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” As Man in Chair plays the record, the musical comes to life complete with painted backdrops and glitzy costumes. Set in the late 1920s on the day of the wedding of an oil tycoon and Broadway star, the show traverses the muddy landscape of relationships, theatre and mix-ups.

Broadway star Janet Van De Graff plans to retire from her career upon her marriage to oil tycoon Robert Martin. However, Broadway producer Feldzieg hopes to persuade Janet to do otherwise and continue to star in “Feldzieg’s Follies.” As the story unfolds, it is revealed that more than Feldzieg is looking to derail the ceremony. From gangsters and Latin lovers to drowsy chaperones meant to keep Janet from seeing Robert before the wedding, the act of keeping Janet and Robert apart while keeping them together creates a delightfully silly predicament.

The show opens Thursday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Academic and Research auditorium. Following show times are Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 8, at 3:00 p.m. Performances are free to students, faculty and staff. General admission for other patrons is $5 at the door.

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