Archive for Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Audience wide awake for Tonganoxie High’s ‘Drowsy Chaperone’

November 16, 2016

The Tonganoxie High School drama and music departments had audiences in stitches this past weekend.

The departments presented “The Drowsy Chaperone: The Musical within a Comedy” Thursday through Sunday.

Nathan Bothwell stole the show at times as the Man in the Chair, while Matthew Scharff’s portrayal of Aldopho triggered plenty of laughs also.

THS director Steve Harrell said about 495 people watched the play during the four-day run.

According to Music Theatre International,, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is about a die-hard theatre fan who plays his favorite cast album.

Characters from the show come to life in the musical farce.

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical.

Several other THS students will performed in the musical on the Tonganoxie High School campus.

Gabby Crockett, for instance, played the role of Mrs. Tottendale and Madisen Lansing was the Underling.

Braden Shryock was Robert Martin, Samuel Sigourney was George and Dylan Kroll was Feldzeig. Emily Fletcher was Kitty, Ian Slater Gangster No. 1 and Brayden Cox Gangster No. 2.

Grace Woods was Janet Van De Graff and Allison Williams the Drowsy Chaperone. Molly Monahan was Trix the Aviatrix and Samanatha Knipp the building superintendent.

Ensemble 1 was Bailey Jackson, Hannah Kobe, Anna Soetaert, Kristian Perez, Lauren Lawson and Payton Lynn.

Ensemble 2 was Erin Colacicco, Ethan Edmonds, Brenden Rogers and Maureen Wetta.

Student Manager was Ethan Stone.

THS music director Tom Gifford also directed, while Tonganoxie Middle School English teacher Debbie Holloway once again assisted in direction for this year’s fall musical. Carissa Welsh assisted with choreography.

Music and lyrics for the musical are by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. The musical is based on a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.


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