This past weekend, the University of Central Florida theater department opened up a new show, The Drowsy Chaperone. The show is about a man in a chair who shares his love of musicals with the audience. He talks about one in particular, The Drowsy Chaperone. The show is a simple one, but through its simplicity it enraptures the audience and takes them to a world where one can forget reality and live the musical. It is funny, light hearted, and quirky. This production is an exceptional one and is a symbol of the hard work and dedication that the students in the UCF theater department had when working on the piece.
Everything in this production was truly excellent. The show itself is a show within a show. So, the set design had to accommodate this notion. The set was designed as a living room in a New York City Apartment. Throughout the play it became the playing space for the show within the show, The Drowsy Chaperone. A bed would drop out of a wall, the bookcase and refrigerator served as an entrance for the characters, and the upstage window became an entrance as well.
The talent couldn’t have been better cast. There were so many great performers up on the stage. The Drowsy Chaperone, played by Sandia Ahlers, was portrayed magnificently. She was a hilarious diva, a powerhouse character, with a voice to match. Another great talent in the show was Tyler Beauregard, who played Robert Martin. He did a very energetic tap routine that amazed. Another cast favorite was Aldolpho, played by Fredy Ruiz. The character was hilarious with his stereotypical act of a Latin lover.
The UCF production of The Drowsy Chaperone is truly spectacular. I recommend it to everyone. Support our department and in return you will get to experience a show that will surely make you laugh and smile.