ACT II’s ‘Drowsy Chaperone’ is fun & energetic


The Man (Camden Wilder) poses for a photo during a recent rehearsal of ACT II's "The Drowsy Chaperone." [Nick Chester / Special to the Times-News

By Emily Sledge
Times-News correspondent

   ACT II’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a hilarious show within a show.
The story unfolds as a musical theater fanatic (Camden Wilder) plays the record to his favorite musical while he annotates the show for the audience. As he listens to the record, the characters come alive in his apartment and mayhem ensues.
The 1920s jazz-style music features one show-stopping number after another.
“Toledo Surprise” is extremely fun and energetic. It’s bound to have theatergoers tapping their toes along to the beat.
Most of the songs from the show are catchy tunes that make you want to get out of your seat and dance along with the actors onstage.
The dances, choreographed by Alicia Curtis, are lively and engaging. Some dancers in particular that stand out include the giddy chorus girl Kitty (Kara Gilmore) and the two comical gangsters (Lily Kays and Joel Knudson). Kitty and the gangsters entertain the audience with their perfect comedic timing and spot-on dance moves.
   Directed by Wayne Leonard with music direction by Bonnie Mehring, the show is made up of talented performers who can sing, dance and make you laugh. Songs performed by Janet Van de Graaf (Cornelia Barnwell), Aldolpho (Josiah Edwards), and the Drowsy Chaperone (Makani McKenzie) grab the audience’s attention and add to the characters’ personalities.
“The Drowsy Chaperone” will take audiences on a nostalgic visit back to the 1920s and is guaranteed to make you laugh until you cry.
ACT II’s “The Drowsy Chaperone” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11; 7 p.m. March 16-17; and 2 p.m. March 18 at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $9 for adults and can be purchased between noon and 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and one hour prior to showtime. Credit card reservations can be made by calling 336-222-TIXS.

Emily Sledge is a senior at the Alamance-Burlington Middle College and a Teens & 20s writer. Charity Apple, Accent editor and volunteer Teens & 20s adviser, contributed to this story.

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