Weekend Showcase: Wayzata HS’s ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ Runs Through May 8
Live theater is back at Wayzata High School with performances of “The Drowsy Chaperone” running through May 8.
“It’s basically about a character, Man in Chair. And he’s feeling blue. He’s feeling kinda sad. Feeling kinda lonely, kinda isolated, kinda anxious. Something I think a lot of people these days can relate to,” said Sonia Gerber, director and drama instructor at Wayzata.
The show begins with the Man in the Chair talking about his blues and deciding to play the sound track record of his favorite musical. The show is his imagined performance of a fictitious 1920s Broadway show titled “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
“It’s a musical in a musical. Because it’s all about Gabe. Gabe’s character, Man in Chair. Very depressed. Very sad guy. But he finds joy in this old musical called ‘The Drowsy Chaperone.’ And so it’s all about him retelling this story. And then in the end he kind of jumps into our world. It’s really cool,” said senior Braden Bourland.
Ready for Live Audiences
Of course none of this happens without a talented tech crew.
“I enjoy interacting with people and helping the show along,” said Iris Hendrickson, a junior and assistant stage manager. “This show, I’ve probably been 150 hours maybe worth of rehearsals and tech stuff.”
Wayzata will be very lucky to have her back next year. And you can’t go to the performance would noticing the orchestra. They sounded great and really added to the show.
The seniors especially have a deep appreciation for this performance.
“To do this musical that we’ve been waiting over a year for and then in addition we can actually have people come and see it. It’s like one of the greatest joys that we’ve all been able to find. And be able to like be with each other in such a great experience has been so much fun for every one of us,” said Bourland.
The Drowsy Chaperone is very funny and runs through May 8. For more ticket and showtime information go to the Wayzata High School theater website.