Marian College students present The Dowsy Chaperone

The Marian College production, The Drowsey Chaperone, will hit the stage this week with three performances. Three of the cast (L-R) Sarah Harris being interviewed by reporters Georgia Rouse and Lauren Menhenett, prepare for the stage production. Picture: PETER PICKERING

The Marian College production, The Drowsey Chaperone, will hit the stage this week with three performances. Three of the cast (L-R) Sarah Harris being interviewed by reporters Georgia Rouse and Lauren Menhenett, prepare for the stage production. Picture: PETER PICKERING

MARIAN College's production of the Drowsy Chaperone promises to be a wonderful experience for fans and critics of music theatre alike.

The production will be showing at the Ararat Performing Arts Centre on August 14, 15 and 16 commencing at 8pm.

Tickets are available from trybooking.com.

The Drowsy Chaperone is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s.

The story concerns an anti-social musical theatre fan, the man in the chair (Luke McInnes) and as he plays the record of his favourite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story and actors.

The audience are introduced to the eccentric Mrs Tottendale (Zoe Oliver), who will host the wedding of the year (1928) and her loyal valet Underling (Daniel McCready), the starlet, Janet Van De Graaf (Sarah Harris) under the dubious supervision of her 'Drowsy Chaperone' (Justine May) is to wed oil tycoon, Robert Martin (Jodan Lelieveld).

Janet's Broadway producer, Felzieg (Angus Stoffell) and one of his flappers, the ditzy Kitty (Amy Dempsey) try to stop the wedding especially when threatened by two gangsters disguised as pastry chefs (Ben McInnes and Meeka-Jo Watson).

Feldzieg plans to undermine the wedding plans by employing a Latin lothario (Jordan Fry) to seduce the bride but inevitably it all goes wrong.

The Drowsy Chaperone won the Tony Award for best book, best score, and best featured actress.

The show has had major productions in, New York, London, and Japan, as well as here in Melbourne, starring Geoffrey Rush.

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