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April 10-19: 'The Drowsy Chaperone'

The "musical within a comedy" closes 2013-14 Mainstage season.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release, 3-17-2014

PHOTO CUTLINE: The Man in the Chair (Carter Allen) can’t wait to tell everybody about the delightful old musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Mankato, Minn. -- The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will conclude its 2013-14 Mainstage season with the “musical within a comedy,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” with performances April 10-19 in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. This show is sponsored by Community Bank Mankato, Radio Mankato and Mankato Ford.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” starts out as a play, with the fairly drab character of “Man in Chair” speaking directly to the audience about his love of musical theatre. That all changes, however, when he stops speaking and places the cast album for his favorite musical onto his record player. This is when the musical literally bursts to life in his living room and the audience sees the story of the brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.

Paul J. Hustoles, department chair, directs “The Drowsy Chaperone” in its Minnesota State Mankato debut. Music and lyrics are by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, with a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar. Musical direction is by Nick Wayne and lighting design by Steven Smith, both faculty members, with scene design by Alisa Bowman (senior BFA design/tech candidate) and choreography by Jaclyn Juola (senior BFA musical theatre candidate from Coon Rapids, Minn.).

The role of “Man in Chair” is brought to life by Carter Allen (senior BFA acting candidate from Cedar Falls, Iowa), with the role of starlet Janet Van de Graff being portrayed by two actresses: Callie Syverson (senior BFA musical theatre candidate from Windom, Minn.) in the first weekend and Emily Scinto (freshman BFA musical theatre candidate from Lakeville, Minn.) in the second. During the second weekend, Syverson will be in Washington, D.C., competing against other regional winners in the national Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition. Her acting partner, Jordan Oxborough (junior BFA musical theatre from Eagan, Minn.), will portray “Gangster #1” the first weekend, with Mark Deel (senior theatre generalist transfer from Fridley, Minn.) taking the role for the second weekend.

Performances of “The Drowsy Chaperone” are 7:30 p.m. April 10-12 & 17-19, with 2 p.m. matinees April 13 & 19. Tickets are $22 regular, $19 discounted and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They may be purchased at, or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661.

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