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Drama Club presents 'The Drowsy Chaperone'

 

April 18, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Marysville students during an April 11 rehearsal of Marysville-Pilchuck High School's play, "The Drowsy Chaperone." From left, M-PHS student Angela Ferguson, Marysville Getchell International School of Communications student Amanda Littell, M-PHS student Jesus German and MG ISC student Victoria Steward.

Marysville-Pilchuck and Marysville Getchell Drama Club will bring a 1920 musical to life with their spring performance of "The Drowsy Chaperone."

The play premiers with a senior matinee performance on April 25 with additional performances on April 26, 27 and 28 and May 3, 4 and 5.

"The Drowsy Chaperone" is the story of a theater fan as he describes the (fictional) 1920s musical comedy "The Drowsy Chaperone."

"You're following this older gentleman as he describes his favorite musical and plays the music of it and gives commentary on the actors and his favorite parts of the show," said Emmaline Savidge, a Marysville Getchell Bio-Med Academy senior, who plays Janet.

Assistant director Ashlyn Stoker, who is a junior at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, said there are a lot of fun elements to the play.

"It's very fun and upbeat and silly," she said, "and there's a lot of references to the 1920s."

The play shows both the 1920s comedy play and the later recollection of that musical.

"It's sort of mixture of a quirky old-timey musical that has all this wacky comedy and then this sort of raw emotional stuff mixed with comedy," said Savidge.

Many of the 1920s characters are "different and vibrant" said Stoker.

Victoria Steward, a junior from Marysville Getchell International School of Communications, plays the character of Kitty.

"I play an over-the-top wannabe stage actress who doesn't actually know what she's doing," said Steward.

"She's just a lot of fun and has a lot of energy," she said.

The cast is more ensemble than previous plays that the drama club has put on, said Steward.

"There isn't really like a lead role. Everyone has an equal part on stage and entertaining the audience," she said.

The play is also not as well-known as some of the other productions they have put on.

"The past few shows we've done have been Disney shows, which I've loved," said Savidge.

"This is definitely different and hearkens more to older Broadway shows. It has a lot of different comedic beats," she said.

The show also has more big Broadway dance numbers as well, which she enjoyed.

The 'play within a play' structure is also present for the whole show, which does present challenges for the cast.

"It made bringing the story to life very easy and very difficult at the same time because you had to figure out how you want to set the stage," said Stoker.

The entirety of the play takes place with an apartment background.

"It is very difficult for choreography having to dance around a chair and a couch," said Stoker.

Stoker said she has enjoyed working with the dances because they were so much more varied than what they have previously done.

"This was more of a play we could give our choreographer a lot more leeway," she said, "and allow for the different kind of personalities she wants to bring into it."

Christopher Andersson

Marysville-Pilchuck High School seniors Thomas Seal, left, and Wyatt Yarbrough during a tap dance scene in an April 11 rehearsal of the school's next play, "The Drowsy Chaperone."

Students also said they enjoyed working with each other over the last few weeks.

Steward is also the vocal director for the show and has been able to work with many of the cast members.

"I've enjoyed working with everyone and building them up to where they need to get vocally," she said.

"Since it's a small cast and everyone enjoys what we're doing, we've become very close," she said.

Savidge said that the cast is great to work with.

"Everyone is super fun backstage and we all have great energy on stage," she said.

Performances begin at 7 p.m., except for the April 25 matinee which begins at 3:30 p.m.

The play is at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School auditorium at 5611 108th St. NE, Marysville.

Cost is $10, or $8 for students or seniors.

"We're super excited to bring the show to life and we hope that everybody enjoys it," said Stoker.

 

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