Hanford High presents 'Drowsy Chaperone'

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerMay 3, 2013 

The Drowsy Chaperone opens May 10 in the auditorium at Hanford High School.

The musical comedy has the cast admitting to having too much fun, and for some being able to play a personality that is opposite of themselves.

Such is the case for gangly red-haired Luke Price, a senior, who plays Aldolpho.

"It's is so much fun to play someone vastly different from yourself," Price said. "Such as playing a Antonio Banderas-esque Latin lover."

Aldolpho is a conceited ladies' man who lets vanity lead him down a road of manipulation by the musical's producers.

"What makes this show special is that it is so apparently silly but challenging to master," said Peggy Painter, who is co-directing the show with Deb Donahoe. "The music is light and frothy and fun, yet the music is quite difficult. The dances seem easy and appealing, yet they took hours to bring together."

Other leading characters include Camren Bleiler as The Man in the Chair, Spencer Anderson as George, Tyler Zirker as Robert Martin, Anna Hansen as the Drowsy Chaperone, Sean Hendrickson as Feldzeig, Jillian Roller as Kitty and Ian Gephart and Dylan Hart as the gangsters.

The story follows the Man in the Chair, a middle-aged eccentric musical theater fan, who is forever playing the record of his favorite musical, a fictional 1928 hit called The Drowsy Chaperone. The story behind his musical suddenly comes to life and he continues making comments about everything that's going on in the play -- the music, the story and the actors.

Zirker said the hardest part for him to learn in the production weren't his lines, but the tap dancing.

"I've had to learn to tap dance, and as a result my legs have become a good deal more muscular," he joked.

Sophie Lin, who has a role in the chorus line, said theater is good for what ails you.

"Theater is one of the healthiest distractions there is," she said. "The cast is made up of the craziest, funniest and most caring people. We've all become a lot closer through all the wild dances and cheesy jokes.

Tickets to the show cost $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and are available at the door. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. May 10-11, 17-18 in the Hanford High auditorium, 450 Hanford Ave., Richland.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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