I made reservations while the temperature outside was below freezing. Did I really want to bundle up, drive 20 miles, and see a show I knew nothing about? Never seen before? I hear it won a Tony but still . . .
I’m referring to The Drowsy Chaperone, the production currently running at Center on the Square in Searcy, Arkansas.
Is it a musical? I enjoyed several delightful songs.
Is is a comedy? In Facebook speak you might say I LOL’d.
I learned that some of my favorite actors and a talented director are doing this show. My decision to go was a no-brainer.
Last Friday: opening night with an elegant reception before curtain. That was just the first treat the audience was in for.
What a great cast was assembled for this not-very-familiar play!
Cassie Bennett and Josh Strickland showed the range of their talent moving from an irate Juror (Twelve Angry Women) and stern Dr. Cravens (The Secret Garden) to a flitty Kitty and an awesome Aldolpho.
Ellen Jones and Lauren Lawson had opportunities to exhibit their exceptional voices.
And no one plays a spacey lady like Sally Paine.
Archie-winning director, Carla Fuller, has the ability to take a myriad of pieces and weave them into a fabulous production.
Add the multi-talented Jon Bucher as The Man in the Chair (Narrator) and you have magic. Jon Bucher — Magic. Get it?
You have only 5 more chances to see this show! Don’ miss having your heart lifted out of the winter doldrums by this delightful play.
The Drowsy Chaperone
For dates, times, tickets, visit http://www.centeronthesquare.org.
You won’t be sorry.