Spring 2013 – The Drowsy Chaperone

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is a play within a play. A theatre fan, known only as “Man in Chair”, is a loner stuck in his apartment. His only joy is listening to a recording of his favourite 1920′s musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone”. As he listens to the recording, the characters and music in the play come to life and his apartment is transformed into a broadway stage. Hilarity and mayhem ensues as the zany and over-the-top characters play out the plot.
The Drowsy Chaperone debuted in 1998 at The Rivoli in Toronto and opened on Broadway on 1 May 2006. The show won the Tony Award for Best Book and Best Score. The show has had major productions in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, London, and Japan, as well as two North American tours.

Directed by Matt Dufresne
Music & Lyrics Lisa Lambert Greg Morrison
Book Bob Martin Don McKellar
Role Character Description and Name of Actor
Man in Chair Played by Donna Balkan. This role is the focus of the play, and the entire musical takes place in his/her head.
Underling Played by Bruce Buie. Underling is the butler to Mrs. Tottendale.
Tottendale Played by Karen Germundson. Understudy: Ruth Knapp. Tottendale is a forgetful and slightly senile socialite. The musical takes place in her house.
Robert Played by Stefan Kohut. Robert is the groom, and more than a little full of himself.
George Played by Paul LeDuc. George is the harried best man. His job is to make the wedding go smoothly.
Feldzeig Played by Lee Powell. As the producer of the Feldzeig Follies, his job is to keep his star performer performing.
Kitty Played by Lisa Maranta. Understudy: Kellie Shrimpton. Kitty is a ditzy star wannabe, and will stop at nothing to get there.
G1 Played by Tara Smith. As “Gangster 1”, he needs to keep Feldzeig in check. As his alter ego, a pastry chef, he just wants to dance.
G2 Played by Judy Puritt. G1’s partner. They are nearly indistinguishable.
Aldolpho Played by Nathan Dufresne. The latin lover.
Janet Played by Jennifer Boucher. Understudy: Nikki Bureau. Janet is the Bride, and the star of Feldzeig Follies.
Drowsy Played by Kirsten Carroll Somoza. Understudy: Tracy Trottier. Drowsy is the bride’s chaperone, but may not be up to the job.
Trix Played by Nikki Bureau. Understudy: Norma-Jean Chapman. Trix is short for Aviatrix, or female pilot.
Super Played by Curtis Blair. He is the superintendent of the the apartment building where “man in chair” lives.
Chorus Heather Maranta, Mandy Sauve, Ruth Knapp, Kellie Shrimpton, Tracy Trottier, Alicia Puritt, Morgan O’Dell & Norma-Jean Chapman.


drowsy_marquee3The Drowsy Chaperone will feature a talented orchestra composed of local West Carleton and Ottawa musicians. The play features a lively and entertaining musical score — sure to please audiences of all ages.

Instrument/Role Name
Trombone Robert Thompson
Flute Crystal Payne
Clarinet Carol Bode
Trumpet Christine Ritchie
Upright Bass David Hamilton
Saxophone Megan Postin
Drums Bill Burton
Keyboard Emily Craven
Percussion Jessica Wood