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David Liu and Cassie Nickles. Photo credit: Elaine Conrad.

Anthony Nappier & Janessa Floyd. Photo credit: Elaine Conrad.

Anthony Nappier & Janessa Floyd. Photo credit: Elaine Conrad.

“The Drowsy Chaperone,” – the highly entertaining Tony® Award winning musical – is coming to the glamorous new Arcadia Performing Arts Center for three nights only, Thursday March 21 through Saturday March 23.

Audiences are in for an evening of hilarity, great songs, great dancing, and loads of fun.

About the stunning new venue:

            The Arcadia Performing Arts Center is a new $20,000,000 state-of-the-art facility with 1,200 seats situated on the campus of Arcadia High School. It is the realization of a dream several decades in the making, that Arcadia should have and enjoy a first-rate performing arts facility. It is the one of the largest such facilities situated on a secondary school campus in the Southland. It includes over two-dozen accessible seats for the differently abled patrons.

Now, the new Arcadia Performing Arts Center will host a new production of the 2006 hit Broadway musical “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which won Tony Awards for its writers Bob Martin and Dan McKellar and composer-lyricists Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.

About the musical:

Liam Swan. Photo credit: Elaine Conrad.

Liam Swan. Photo credit: Elaine Conrad.

A reclusive fellow sitting on a chair in his apartment selects a treasured 1928 musical comedy record from his collection and, when it plays on his turntable, the action of his favorite show “The Drowsy Chaperone” magically appears on stage for the audience to see. Beautiful Broadway star Janet is about to retire from the theatre to marry her true love, wealthy oil tycoon Robert. But her producer and some of his investors (gangsters from The Mob) want to break up the planned wedding in a bid to get Janet to return to the stage. The producer, Feldzieg, sends a seducer, Adolpho, to attempt to woo Janet. He mistakenly tries to tempt her chaperone instead (The Drowsy—actually tipsy—Chaperone of the title). Janet, testing Robert, pretends to be a French girl, Mimi, and gets him to kiss “Mimi” while he is blindfolded. This alienates her.

Will the wedding be canceled after all, or will true love ultimately prevail? “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a spoof of classic Broadway musicals and, in keeping with the spirit of the piece, many of the show’s numerous characters will be pairing up and planning to marry— just in case you doubt that there would be a happy ending.

This musical production is cast with students from the Theatre Arts Department of Arcadia High School, including (in alphabetical order) Alana DeBlase, Janessa Floyd, Keith Harmel, Kristine Price, David Liu, Anthony Nappier, Cassie Nichols and Liam Swan.

 Steven Volpe directs. A graduate of Cal State Fullerton, Volpe has been producer and technical director for fifteen productions at Arcadia High. Also an actor, he has performed in plays and musicals throughout Southern California as well as on episodic television series.

Arcadia Performing Arts Center has partnered with several area businesses to present this production, including Rose Hills, as well as the Huntington Ave. restaurants, including Denny’s (where tickets can be conveniently purchased) and the Derby.

The Chaperone may be drowsy, but you won’t be. You’ll be laughing, applauding and cheering.

Photo credit: Elaine Conrad.

Liam Swan (l), Alana DeBlase and Keith Harmel. Photo credit: Elaine Conrad.

Liam Swan (l), Alana DeBlase and Keith Harmel. Photo credit: Elaine Conrad.

“The Drowsy Chaperone”

Arcadia Performing Arts Center,

on the campus of Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive,

Arcadia, CA 91007

Performances:

Thursday, March 217:00 PM

Friday, March 227:00 PM

Saturday, March 234:00 PM.

TICKETS:

General – $15.00

Students and seniors – $10.00

VIP – $25.00  (Includes priority seating selection and no waiting in the General Admission line).

PHONE: (626) 836-9100

Online Ticketing here.

Estimated Running Time:   Two & a half hours (of fun!)

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David Liu and Cassie Nickles. Photo credit: Elaine Conrad.

David Liu and Cassie Nickles. Photo credit: Elaine Conrad.

 

 

Pauline Adamek
Pauline Adamek
Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.

3 Comments

  1. Tracey says:

    Will be at the opening weekend. Hope to see you! I’ve seen this show on Broadway so it will be interesting…can’t wait to view the new space!

  2. Liam Swan says:

    I hope you enjoy it! We’ve been working SUPER HARD on it to make it special! It’s the first show in the new Performing Arts Center and we want to make the first big show in it count!!!

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