The first theater production of the spring semester operates like an old vinyl record, with all the skips, repeats and replays consistent with playing one on a turntable.
In a comedic pass through the 1920s, Waxahachie High School students sing the story of Janet, a showgirl debating between bright lights and big city recognition or marrying the love of her life. The musical, called “The Drowsy Chaperone,” was once a Tony award-winning show on Broadway, and will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16-18 and then at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19.
Narrated by senior Tyler Moore, the musical is a show-within-a-show as Moore depicts his fascination with “The Drowsy Chaperone” record and how the story plays out in his imagination.
“I’m really excited because I don’t leave the stage hardly ever,” Moore said. “My character, since he’s never seen the show and what you’re seeing on stage with the musical part is what he thinks is happening. So you don’t know if what’s happening is really how the musical is supposed to go.”
The role as “The Man in the Chair” for the production has a similar personality to Moore, he said. So, with that connection in mind, Moore said the character has forced him to put himself out in front of an audience more than he normally does. More has done about 10 plays for the high school, but this won’t be his last, he said.
For senior Olivia Rehonic, who portrays “The Chaperone,” this was the first time to have a lead character in a performance. She’s been in Music Theater since she was a sophomore, she said, but this is something completely new.
“The actress who plays the Chaperone is an old star, she’s been on Broadway since Broadway began,” she said. “It’s all about her, and she doesn’t care who else is on the stage. She’s going to do what she wants to do. She becomes the big diva of the whole show and tries to outshine Janet.”
The show is completely depending on the vinyl record “The Man in the Chair” is playing, said Andrew Reynolds, Waxahachie Independent School District Theater Department director.
“It’s fun. I want the audience to come and have a good time, and laugh,” Reynolds said. “I want it to be exactly what’s describe at the end. Musicals are supposed to take you away, just for a little while. They make you leave with a tune in your head and that everything will be ok. I want them to go away happy.”
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for senior citizens, students and staff. The show won’t last more than two hours and will be at the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center.
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