Langley grad chaperoning in TWU musical

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.

“I think the beautiful thing about this story is that while it’s so ridiculous and hilarious, it still holds so much truth,” Towle said. “It 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.”

TWU’s spring musical follows Janet, a Broadway star who wants to leave the spotlight for a storybook romance with her dashing fiancé. But Janet’s producer and a mischievous pair of gangsters-in-disguise won’t let their leading lady go without a fight. Enter, a notorious Latin lothario hired to seduce the bride. With a chaperone who’s not too good at her job, will there be wedding bells… or scandal?

“This show pokes fun at the musical theatre world from a 21st-century perspective,” said director Angela Konrad. “It celebrates all the things you love about musicals, while poking fun at the rest. Mistaken identities, zany plot twists, catchy song and dance numbers – I dare anyone not to have a good time!”

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 TWU’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 to get details for that special event.

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