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Comic Nostalgia Powers Theatre of Dare's Musical 'Chaperone'

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KITTY HAWK -  On its surface, Theatre of Dare’s The Drowsy Chaperone is a wistful tribute to classic musicals done by the likes of George and Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter.

But dig a little deeper, and audiences may find a story of how nostalgia can sometimes be a double-edged sword.
 

“It’s a show-within-a-show with a lot of layers,” says director Damon Horak. “In the snap of a finger we jump from viewing a farcical 1920s musical with romance and singing and dancing to the apartment of a die-hard fan who plays as a sort of narrator.”
 

That narrator is simply billed as the “Man In Chair”, who plays a record of the fictional 1928 Broadway production of The Drowsy Chaperone while offering his opinions and annotations of the show as it comes to life behind him. The story involves glamorous showgirl Janet Van De Graaff (Adara Huls) and her impending marriage to Robert Martin (Evan Tillett). Standing in the way of their happy ending is Janet’s desperate producer Feldzieg (Larry Warner), gangsters posing as pastry chefs (Lara Parks, Missy Eppard), a Latin Lothario (Christian Hill), and Janet’s perpetually drunk chaperone (Alana Hoare).

As you might imagine, mix-ups and comical musical mayhem ensues.
 

The Drowsy Chaperone began its journey as a bawdy spoof of old-timey Broadway musicals done by a group of friends for a 1997 stag party in Toronto. After going through several reworkings and expansions, it eventually came to Broadway in 2006, becoming an instant hit and gaining 13 Tony nominations, winning five. Since then, the show has been performed worldwide by both amateur and professional theaters.
 

For Theatre of Dare, it was a perfect fit for a big spring musical.
 

“I think our audiences will really enjoy the unbridled nostalgia of this production”, says Tim Hass, who takes on the role of the reclusive ‘Man In Chair’. “The music, the dancing and the comedy are all a lot of fun and will bring back fond memories of classic Broadway shows. There will be a whole lot of smiles leaving the theater after this one.”
 

‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 with matinees March 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. All performances will be at Theatre of Dare in Kitty Hawk, 3848 N. Croatan Highway. This show contains mild adult situations and innuendo.

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