[portfolio_slideshow]Check out some shots of a Drowsy Chaperone rehearsal (photos Cameron Mattis)
As November rolls around, the Scarsdale High School Drama Club (SHSDC) is gearing up to unveil this year’s musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. The show is essentially a show within a show and a complete parody of traditional Jazz-Age musicals. A Latin lothario, a renowned showgirl, a debonair bridegroom, a flaky chorine, a harried producer, two jovial gangsters, an aviatrix, an exasperated butler, an absentminded hostess, and a drowsy chaperone set the stage for music and mayhem. The plot can at times turn dramatic, but this play will have you laughing throughout the entire show.
However, Drowsy does have some interesting take-home messages about life, love, and the human condition. The Man in the Chair, who serves as our guide throughout the chaotic play, asks us, “It is better to have lived than left, right?” The idea is that although an outcome may not be desirable, it is truly the journey that shapes us as individuals. This philosophy can be applied to many situations that teenagers face in school today. As SHS students, we feel certain pressures, but the experience we gain from high school is one that can never be replicated. The lifelong friendships we form and the learning (both in and out of the classroom) make it all worthwhile. The Drowsy Chaperone is versatile: its themes are significant and thought-provoking, yet it allows the observer to enjoy the senseless humor and just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
The Drowsy Chaperone will be performed in the SHS auditorium on November 19 at 7:30 PM, November 20 at 7:30 PM, and November 21 at 2 PM. Tickets will be sold the week before in front of the cafeteria and at the door. Please come support the SHSDC by seeing The Drowsy Chaperone; you will be glad you did. And remember, Aaron Sorkin, who you may know as the screenplay writer of The Social Network, was once a member of the SHS Drama Club.