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Drowsy Chaperone February 08, 2017


Drowsey Final Rehearsals
Alix Curnow

"It does what a musical is supposed to do: it takes you to another world. And it gives you a little tune to carry with in your head, you know? A little something to help you escape from the dreary horrors of the real word. A little something for when you're feeling blue. You know?" This famous line from The Drowsy Chaperone, is not only MCP director Charlene Rucker's favorite line of the show, but also a lament to the impact this musical will have on Marshall area audience members when it debuts on the Marshall Civic Players stage this Spring. Any attendee of Marshall Civic Players' production of The Drowsy Chaperone are welcome to take as many little tunes from this musical to carry with in their head as they please. Not only will audiences have plenty of this musical's popular melodies playing on a loop in the back of their mind, but they will leave the theatre with smiling faces. Rucker can testify to this, "If our rehearsal process is any indication, audiences are going to be laughing really really hard."

Perhaps one of the funnier moments in this musical is when Robert, played by Isaiah Potter, roller skates on stage, blindfolded (and backwards). Potter, who has been roller skating since a young age, seems eager to take on the challenge. He loves the fact that his character Robert can "go from being completely obsessed with himself in the mirror to being terrified of everything," and is sure that audiences will leave the theatre with "a smile on their faces." Accompanying Robert in numerous onstage shenanigans is the terrifically comedic character Drowsy, portrayed by Beth Smith. You may have recently seen Beth on the MCP stage as Martha in White Christmas. However, the two roles couldn't be more different. "Martha was a cock-eyed optimist, Chaperone is a sarcastic aging diva and it's marvelous. I'm having so much fun." Beth is sure that "anybody who has loved or enjoyed musicals at all would find it (The Drowsy Chaperone) very funny. It's a wonderful musical that both celebrates and makes fun of musicals."

Join Charlene, Isaiah, and Beth in the celebration of the musical theatre genre this March when The Drowsy Chaperone opens at the Franke Center for the Arts located at 214 E. Mansion Street in downtown Marshall, running March 10-12 and 17-19 with Friday and Saturday shows starting at 8:00pm and Sunday shows starting at 2:30pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for students. Please call (269) 781-3335 for reservations.


Dress Rehearsal Underway
Alix Curnow

Rehearsals for the Marshall Civic Players' production of The Drowsy Chaperone are in full swing and the cast members cannot wait for audiences to see this fantastic show. On a chilly Thursday night the cast members rehearsed vigorous choreography for one of the shows famous melodies, Show Off. Hilary Anthony (Janet) took center stage during this number. However, she seemed comfortably at ease during the run-through. This, she says, is perhaps her favorite aspect of working with Marshall Civic Players. "It feels very familial. As an actor I feel comfortable taking risks because I know everyone around me is supportive."

Choreographer, Drea Smith, couldn't agree more. With a prideful smile she spoke of her work on this production thus far, "I get to work with people I genuinely love. The whole production team is so supportive and we are able to work together to tell a story. We can build something more." Although Drea (along with her co-choreographer Trevor Powell) is still in high school, she doesn't seem to think twice about the age difference between herself and other members of the cast. "If you come in and do your job, people respect you and nobody else notices."

Another Marshall area youth, Emma Arvoy (Ensemble), is inspired by the level of professionalism that comes with working alongside MCP regulars during rehearsals, "Working with this group of people is definitely preparing me for future experiences outside of Marshall." Emma cannot wait for audiences to see the exciting routines she practices each evening, "I absolutely love every single song in the show." Soon, rehearsals will be over and opening night will arrive. You won't want to miss Hilary, Drea, Emma, and the rest of the hardworking cast and crew when The Drowsy Chaperone opens at the Franke Center for the Arts located at 214 E. Mansion Street in downtown Marshall, running March 10-12 and 17-19 with Friday and Saturday shows starting at 8:00pm and Sunday shows starting at 2:30pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for students. Please call (269) 781-3335 for reservations.

Archive Editions Available:

July 27, 2017 NEWSCUES The Lion King, Jr.
July 12, 2017 NEWSCUES Addams Family
February 28, 2017 NEWSCUES Pride and Prejudice
February 08, 2017 NEWSCUES Drowsy Chaperone
October 18, 2016 NEWSCUES White Chistmas Coming!
July 07, 2016 NEWSCUES 2016 Annual Dinner
April 20, 2016 NEWSCUES BOEING BOEING
July 15, 2015 NEWSCUES Annual Dinner
June 23, 2015 NEWSCUES Footloose! MCP Youth Summer Show
April 21, 2015 NEWSCUES Of Mice and Men
March 18, 2015 NEWSCUES Of Mice and Men - Auditions
February 24, 2015 NEWSCUES Spelling Bee
October 20, 2014 NEWSCUES A Nice Family Gathering
August 20, 2014 NEWSCUES Four Weddings and an Elvis Update
July 30, 2014 NEWSCUES MCP Junior Youth Theatre presents Aladdin Jr.
July 17, 2014 Four Weddings and an Elvis Four Weddings and an Elvis Auditions
April 08, 2014 NEWSCUES DEATHTRAP! and Upcoming Season
September 24, 2013 NEWSCUES Delightful Quarantine
August 21, 2013 NEWSCUES Tintypes
July 11, 2013 Hairspray Hairspray 2013
May 06, 2013 Midsummer Night's Dream Midsummer Night's Dream
February 27, 2013 NEWSCUES Jesus Christ Superstar
October 29, 2012 NEWSCUES You Can't Take It With You Opens Nov 9
October 22, 2012 NEWSCUES You Can't Take It With You
April 21, 2011 NEWSCUES Much Ado about Much Ado
January 10, 2011 NEWSCUES Pirates of Penzance has been cast!
December 23, 2010 NEWSCUES Pirates Rule the Waves!
September 15, 2010 NEWSCUES Fall season 2010
September 17, 2009 NEWSCUES Fall 2009
June 29, 2008 NEWSCUES Summer Edition
October 10, 2007 NEWSCUES A Christmas Carol Preview
February 11, 2007 NEWSCUES The King and I
May 04, 2006 NEWSCUES Spring 2006 Edition
March 01, 2005 NEWSCUES Volume 5-1, March 2005


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