Going outside ‘comfort zone’: ACT II performers tackle ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’


Makani McKenzie (The Drowsy Chaperone), left, and Josiah Edwards (Adolpho) star in ACT II's production of "The Drowsy Chaperone." [Nick Chester / Special to the Times-News

By Emily Sledge
Times-News correspondent

   Alamance Children’s Theatre’s ACT II is presenting “The Drowsy   Chaperone” for the next two weekends at the Paramount Theater, 128 E.  Front St., Burlington
Wayne Leonard directs with musical direction by Bonnie Mehring and choreography by Alicia Curtis.
The story begins with The Man (Camden Wilder) introducing the audience to his favorite musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The show features a wide range of characters including a dim-witted Broadway-wannabe (Kara Gilmore), a forgetful elderly woman (Hailey Korzekwinski) and a pair of jovial gangsters (Joel Knudson and Lily Kays).
The musical follows the bride (Cornelia Barnwell) and groom (Ryan Mertz) and the chaos that ensues throughout their wedding day. An angry producer (Cayden Matthews) attempts to stop the wedding, a Latin Lothario (Josiah Edwards) attempts to seduce the bride, and an aviatrix (Veronica Newsome) stops by on her way to Rio. The show is full of music and mix-ups and is sure to keep the audience engaged.
“(The Drowsy Chaperone) is one of the funniest shows ever to grace Broadway,” said Austin Rowland, who plays Underling.
” ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ has a number of wacky stage personalities that are lovable and hilarious. Not only is the show incredibly comedic, it has some huge dance numbers that are truly amazing and a must-see,” Camden Wilder said.
Cast members have been working hard to perfect the choreography and music. The actors have been challenged to go far from their comfort zones and learn new skills.
“My favorite part of playing Robert Martin is being able to challenge myself by doing many different things such as roller skating and tap dancing,” Ryan Mertz said.
ACT II’s production of “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; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 17; and 2 p.m. March 18. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $9 for adults. Tickets 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.

This entry was posted in Entertainment, frontpage, To Do. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.