Nov 062013

Northland Pioneer College’s Performing Arts Department will present five performances of the Tony and Drama Desk award-winning The Drowsy Chaperone this month at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on the Snowflake/Taylor-Silver Creek Campus.
The Drowsy Chaperone is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story’s main character is The Man in Chair, played by Terry McConville, who has appeared in numerous NPC productions, including last spring’s Leaving Iowa. In this role, McConville portrays a mousy, agoraphobic Broadway fanatic, who, while seeking to cure his “non-specific sadness,” listens to a rare recording of the fictional 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone.
Using a “show within a show” concept, Bob Martin and Don McKellar, who co-wrote the musical book, bring the characters to life in his dingy apartment as it is transformed into an impressive Broadway set. The Man in Chair provides a running commentary throughout the show.
Other NPC cast members include Ariel Roes as Mrs. Tottendale; Mike Shriver as Underling; Kyle Nowell as Robert Martin; Dustin Benavides as George; Alex Brown as Feldzieg; and Madison St. Hilaire as Kitty.
Portraying the show’s two gangsters are Jackson Kittrell and Alexander Pansulla. Steve Busch plays Aldolpho; Ashley Nudson is Janet Van De Graaff; Katie Nashio is the Drowsy Chaperone; Maranda Blake is Trix the Aviatrix; and Chandon Fish is the Superintendent.
The ensemble includes Cassidy Cammarota, Jasmine Romero, Vera Bennett, Skai Wahl, Toryn LaBrecque, Logan Kempfer, Isaiah vonBraun-Bond, Lorenzo Brewer and Jackson Jacobs.
Directing the NPC production will be Dr. Michael Solomonson and music professor Julie Neish. Holly Whitmire is the stage manager. Debra Fisher is the production designer and choreographer.
The licensing company for the show, Music Theatre International, rated the musical as PG.
Reservations are required for dinner theatre performances at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, and Thursday, Nov. 14. A non-refundable ticket is $22 and includes a three-course catered meal. Show-only performances begin at 7 p.m. on Fridays, Nov. 8 and 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16. Advance tickets are $8, or $10 at the door. Senior citizens (60+), and NPC students and staff receive a $1 discount for show-only performances. For reservations, tickets or more information about the performances, call the PAC Box Office at (928) 536-6250 or order online at