‘Drowsy Chaperone’ set to take stage at RFA

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The Rome Free Academy Musical will present "The Drowsy Chaperone" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the RFA auditorium, according to a school announcement.

Tickets, all for general admission seating, are $8 through Thursday and $9 at the door. Pre-sale tickets are available at Jervis Public Library, including both cash and credit cards accepted.

In addition, tickets will be available at the RFA lobby box office each night during the show’s run, and all ticket sales at the door will be cash only. The box office will open at 6:30 p.m., with theater doors opening at 7 p.m.

"The Drowsy Chaperone," with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, "The Drowsy Chaperone" premiered on Broadway in 2006. It is a parody of 1920s American musical comedy, with the show coming to life on-stage as a musical theatre fan comments on the action as it unfolds; it includes two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, as "ingredients for an evening of madcap delight," the announcement said.

“'The Drowsy Chaperone' is such a radical departure from last year’s production of 'Aida,'” said RFA Musical Director Jake Meiss. “'Aida' was a drama focused tightly on a handful of characters. 'The Drowsy Chaperone' is an ensemble comedy filled with hilarious characters and situations. While the title may not be familiar to everyone, I think everyone will fall in love with the show. The title...is also a bit misleading because it is incredibly fast-paced – 90 minutes, with no intermission.”

Meiss added the show "grabs your attention right from the opening line. The score is a catchy 1920s jazz style with a modern twist — including a tap number. The show is really a love letter to classic Broadway musicals.”

"The Drowsy Chaperone" features Connor Evans as Man in Chair, Kayla Bush as Janet, David Salce as Robert, Jon Carissimo as George and Emily Worth in the title role. They are joined by Tejas Desai (Aldolpho), Ethan Vernold (Feldzieg), Taylor Griffin (Kitty), Abbie Morgan (Mrs. Tottendale), Joe Gazzilli (Underling), Giovanna Sudol (Trix), and Alex Linderman and Zach Filer (Gangsters).

The ensemble includes Rielly Ammer, Jaden Balog, Olivia Bauer, Bethany Beeman, Jacob Bruder, Madison Calenzo, Jake Carissimo, Hannah Mei Carlson, Giana Cheri, Antonio Colangelo, Anthony Coney, Joanna Cornell, Rebecca Dailey, Isabella Davis, Emily Deep, Jacquelyn Dixon, Katie Dursi, Ally Ferretti, Lily Fleming, Kaitlyn Flint, Zoe Fragapane, Haley Gatley, Hannah Gatley, Joseph Geraci, Casey Hunziker, Maria Keeney, Genevieve Keller, Bri Key, Hannah Morrison, Riley Muldoon, Rebecca Norman, Kevin O’Neil, Kelly O’Neill, James Pike, Hunter Pisaneschi, Emma Preski, Jordan Purrington, Molly Riggleman, Giovanni Sanchez, Talyn Stasio, Giovanna Sudol, Zachary Swistak, Marissa Sylvester, Amity Szatko, Lauren Taylor, Mariah Taylor, Brianna Wheeler, Alyssa Winberg, Madison Wolfe, and Becky Worth.

Students in the pit orchestra include Christian Cobb, Christopher Cobb, Tah’Ken Fediw, Giana Kleber, Kayleen Martelli, Caitlyn Milliken, Patrick O’Neil, Rowan Parker, Alexa Platis, Izabella Rivera, Rafael Rivera, Aleena Rosario, Madison Short, Mallory Tikalsky, Sven van Hoesel and Alex Zappavigna. They are joined by Leanna Guerrieri on keyboard, Tyler Cavanagh on bass, Shelby Yerrick on reeds and Henryk Lotyczewski on trumpet.

Among student crew members are stage manager Elena Davis and stage crew members Tre Coleman, Garret Hanson, Deven Hosley and Adelina Rivera. Lighting and sound assistants are Chris Incorvaia, Jaiden Coleman, José Abel Santiago, Katherine Wilburn and Nicolas Ferretti.

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