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Clarksville youth theater workshop players stage ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

SoVaNow.com / June 20, 2018
The Clarksville Community Players Youth Theatre Workshop presents The Drowsy Chaperone. Performances will be held for one weekend only at the Fine Arts Center, located at 914 Virginia Avenue in Clarksville on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, June 24 at 3:00 p.m.

Directed by Dan Cerullo and musical direction by Cameron Driggs, the cast of nineteen area youth, ages 13-21, hailing from Clarksville, South Hill, and surrounding areas of Virginia and North Carolina have come together for a workshop that in less than two weeks’ time culminates in a full length musical production. The Drowsy Chaperone is a fun Jazz Age musical that features show-stopping tune after tune and is the winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score.

A directing newcomer to the Clarksville stage, Dan Cerullo says he discovered this show when he was about the same age of the actors involved and instantly fell in love with the catchy music and hilarious characters. The musical begins when a man in a chair appears and puts on his favorite record, the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The characters then come to life and the Drowsy Chaperone begins. The plot incorporates mistaken identities, a dream sequence, spit takes, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangster pastry chefs, a misdirected Don Juan, and an intoxicated chaperone.

The Drowsy Chaperone is a story within a story that celebrates the “fluff” musicals of the Jazz age while simultaneously poking fun at all the different tropes that represent the musical theatre genre. It is a musical comedy that entertains from curtain up to curtain down and is sure to delight audience members of all ages.

The Drowsy Chaperone cast includes a mix of both familiar and new faces to the Clarksville stage, including: Bailey Haddow, Bryce Watson, Caiya Pearson, Leah Cherry, Emmy Hunt, Duncan Bradshaw, M.J. Smith, Alysssa Bertino, Evie Caldwell, Becky Hunt, Charlotte Bradshaw, Katie Hunt, Danielle Winn, Braelynn Hamm, Carly McGhee, Alison Currin, Kendall Hamm, and Victoria Markham. Director Cerullo says these young actors and actresses have already put forth so much work and effort into bringing this entertaining show to Clarksville this summer and he could not be prouder of all their efforts.

Performance dates of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE are one weekend only on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Box office will be open this week Monday thru Friday from noon-5 p.m. and will be open a half hour prior to showtimes on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets will not be available online for the CCP summer workshop productions. For more information please contact CCP at 374-0058, visit clarksvilleplayers.org and follow us on Facebook.

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