March 13, 2012
By Gary Gregory
Locally produced, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is the upcoming Victoria Theatre Association production as part of the Broadway Series.
Produced by the Human Race Theatre Company, the 90-minute show staged without an intermission opens a two-week run on Tuesday, March 8, at 8 p.m.
The Human Race Theatre, which produces its five plays each year at the Loft Theatre since 1989, produces one play each year at the Victoria Theatre, located next door to the Loft.
“It’s been a great collaboration for both of us over the years,” said Kevin Moore, the longtime artistic director of the Human Race Theatre.
The comedy. set in the 1920s, centers on the quirky wedding of a celebrity bride supervised by a tipsy chaperone. Surrounded by a bunch of eccentric characters — a Latin lover, an aviatrix and her plane, gangsters posing as pastry chefs — the show is a favorite of Kevin Moore, who is the comedy’s producer.
“This show is like the little engine that could,” Moore said, referring to the theme of the classic children’s book. “It’s just a great piece for us — frothy, frivolous fun.”
Winner of the 2006 Tony Awards for best book, best score and best featured actress, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is directed by Kevin Grewell, who also played a role in the national tour.
“Kevin has a real good feel for this play and what’s it’s all about,” Moore said. “He started rehearsals in early Februrary with what we think is a great cast.”
Dayton resident Scott Stoney — a charter member of the Human Race Theatre — is portraying the role of Underling, a catalyst for much of the mayhem. New York actor Wally Dunn is playing Man in Chair, the person that opens the show in present day.
“Man in Chair takes us back to the 1920s by reminiscing and playing old records,” Moore said. “It’s a delightufl show that actually started out as a skit in 2004 and evolved into a full-fldged production.”
For ticket information, call 228-3630.