The St. Ambrose Theater Department begins the 2010-11 year with their production of "The Drowsy Chaperone." The story begins as preparations are being made for a wedding between Janet, played by Stephanie Seward, who is giving up her place on the stage, and Robert, played by Ross Epping, her "debonair bridegroom." Tensions rise between Janet and Robert as a suspected infidelity occurs and an attempt of sabotage tries to break the couple apart.
The show is narrated by a die-hard musical fanatic, played by Andrew Benson, whose only dream is to one day see a production of this musical that he loves. With countless "spit-takes" and opinions on proper theater edict, the dying questions really are, "Will the wedding bells ring in the end? Will there be a wedding at all?"
"Mayhem" is the one word that Director Corinne Johnson used to summarize the show. The music, directed by Keith Haan, costumes designed by Dianne Dye, and choreography by Shellee Frazee, add to what this show has to offer. After directing close to 50 shows and recently playing a cancer victim in the Curtainbox Theatre's production of "W;t", Johnson needed a "laugh riot" to lighten the mood, and "The Drowsy Chaperone" does just that.
"The Drowsy Chaperone" runs from October 8-10 in the Allaert Auditorium at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday, with a 3 pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the Galvin Fine Arts Center Box Office and are $15 for adults, $14 for faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $12 for non-SAU students, or free with your student ID.