WWU theatre to perform ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

The William Woods University Theatre Department will present the
musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 7 and 8 and at 2 p.m. Oct.
9 in Cutlip Auditorium.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” begins with Man in Chair (played by
Jason Cavallone of Chicago, Ill.), an agoraphobic Broadway fanatic, trying to cure his “non-specific
sadness” by listening to a recording of a fictional 1928 musical comedy, “The
Drowsy Chaperone.” As he listens, the characters appear in his dingy apartment,
which is transformed into an impressive Broadway set.
The production is a show-within-a-show, featuring Janet Van
De Graaff (played by Rachel Petricka of Las Vegas, Nev.), a showgirl who plans
to give up her career to marry an oil tycoon, Robert Martin (played by Michael
Dodson of St. Louis). The plot incorporates mistaken identities, dream sequences,
spit takes and many other laughter-inducing factors.
Other WWU student cast members are: Dustin Z. West of Kansas
City, Mo., as George; T.J. Green of Brandon, Miss., as Feldzieg; Paige Runge of
St. Louis, Mo., as Kitty; Drew Arnett of Columbia, Mo., as Gangster 1; Stephen
Chamineak of Hazelwood, Mo., as Gangster 2; Maggie Hunter of Columbia, Mo., as the
Drowsy Chaperone; Bailey Campanini of Camdenton, Mo., as Trix/Ensemble; and James
Fitzmaurice of Columbia, Mo., as Superintendant/Reporter.  
Community players from Fulton, Mo., are Joshua Potter as Aldolpho;
Kathy Potter as Mrs. Tottendale; Jody Paschal as Underling; and Jason Knowles
as an ensemble member.
Student members of the ensemble are Jen Steindorf of San
Diego, Calif.; Kassaundra Davidson of Roseau, Minn.; Samuel Binkley of Fulton,
Mo.; and Nick Hoover of Kingdom City, Mo.
“The Drowsy Chaperone” is directed by Joe Potter, artistic
director of theatre and assistant professor of performing arts. Serving as
music director is Rebecca Talbert, adjunct music instructor. Adrienne Branson, adjunct
dance instructor and WWU alumna, is the choreographer. Jane Friedman will
design the costumes.
For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592-4267. Adults
$14; Children (6-12), $10; WWU faculty/staff/students, $12; and seniors (62+),
Season tickets are available through the final
performance of “The Drowsy Chaperone”; $40 for adults, $34 for senior citizens 62+, and $22 for ages 6-12. Contact
Joe.Potter@WilliamWoods.edu or call 592.4281.