Community comes out for "The Drowsy Chaperone"
By Victoria Dowling
WEST MILFORD — With some describing it as "amazing," The Drowsy Chaperone was a success for West Milford High School last week.
"The play was amazing. It was so nice to see all of my classmates do such a nice job!" said Sara Longo after seeing the show.
After the shows preview last week, it grabbed the student body's attention. Many students went to see the show and had the same reaction.
"We are so fortunate to have so much talent in our school and 'The Drowsy Chaperone' gave that talent a shine!" said Gianna Galioto, a senior who was featured in the show. "As a senior, I'm proud that was the last show I was able to perform."
"The story of 'The Drowsy Chaperone' is told from the perspective of a single man, called 'The Man in Chair,' who is a huge fan of the musicals of the Jazz Age," said Director Jess Cohen. "He tells the story as if he is sharing the plot of a favorite musical with the audience, interjecting little morsels of his own life as he does so. 'The Drowsy Chaperone' has been described as a musical within a comedy."
As "The Man in Chair" plays songs from the musical production that he so loves, characters appear on the stage to tell the story of Janet Vandegraff, a glamorous show girl who has decided to leave the spotlight behind for love. The story is set during the week of her wedding, and examines Janet's decision to exit the glamor of the stage, her oil tycoon fiance's adoration of her, and her manager's devastation at her leaving the show, which jeopardizes the continued success of the "Feldzieg's Follies" that he produces.
The Drowsy Chaperone production includes quick-witted gangsters disguised as pastry chefs, a ditsy blonde side-kick, an aviatrix who brings her bi-plane on stage just in time for the ceremony and, of course, a chaperone.
The chaperone's role in the musical is to keep the two starry-eyed lovers from seeing each other on their wedding day, but this tipsy chaperone's love of prohibition alcohol and her dalliance with the goofy Latin lover who thinks she is Janet, sidetracks her from her duty.
The audiences and actors had great fun. The show was a huge success.
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