The glamour of old Hollywood and the ascendance of Jazz will be put on display when the Fort Lauderdale High School Stageplayers put on the musical “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
“The Drowsy Chaperone” is a musical created in the 90s about a fan of old 1920s Broadway, a character known as “Man In Chair,” who plays old records as characters and sets come to life behind him. It’s the school’s first main production of the year.
Chris Panella, who plays “Man In Chair,” has been doing theater since the sixth grade. “I like the maturity of the play. It’s a very mature musical and it’s something we’ve never done before. It’s like a show within a show. I’m kind of the narrator.”
Clint Swearingen plays “George,” the best man of the groom. “The play is incredibly funny. It’s really, really, witty.”
Beyond the wit and humor, Swearingen loves that the musical is a period piece.
“So, the fact that its set in the 1920s is a huge plus for me.” He loves the glamour of the Art Deco scene and the combination of the musical being set during the rise of Hollywood and the Jazz age. “Gershwin is one of my favorite composers . . . Something about that whole era, it just screams extravagance.”
Chrystina Catsicas, theater director, is happy to see her cast and crew enjoying themselves. “They’re actually having a great time. They love it.”
“The Drowsy Chaperone” will be shown on Dec. 9, 15 and 16 in the school auditorium. All three shows are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.