Trinity Western University is offering up a bubbly 1920s spoof in The Drowsy Chaperone.
Playing the drowsy chaperone is Julianna Towle, a second-year TWU student and Langley Secondary grad.
â€œI think the beautiful thing about this story is that while itâ€™s so ridiculous and hilarious, it still holds so much truth,â€ Towle said. â€œIt speaks to the imperfections of life and the people around us, but it also shows the beauty and joy that can be found within them.â€
TWUâ€™s spring musical follows Janet, a Broadway star who wants to leave the spotlight for a storybook romance with her dashing fiancÃ©. But Janetâ€™s producer and a mischievous pair of gangsters-in-disguise wonâ€™t let their leading lady go without a fight. Enter, a notorious Latin lothario hired to seduce the bride. With a chaperone whoâ€™s not too good at her job, will there be wedding bellsâ€¦ or scandal?
â€œThis show pokes fun at the musical theatre world from a 21st-century perspective,â€ said director Angela Konrad. â€œIt celebrates all the things you love about musicals, while poking fun at the rest. Mistaken identities, zany plot twists, catchy song and dance numbers â€“ I dare anyone not to have a good time!â€
The show features infectious tap-dance numbers, splashy jazz tunes with a live orchestra, and even tongue-in-cheek love ballads such as I Put a Monkey on a Pedestal as well as Art Deco-era set design.
The Drowsy Chaperone plays at TWUâ€™s School of the Arts, Media + Culture (SAMC) from March 10 to 28. Tickets are $15. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. Tuesdays are 2-for-1, and high school students are invited to attend an exclusive free performance with pizza. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get details for that special event.
For more information go to www.twu.ca/theatre.