The Drowsy Chaperone
at Boca Raton Community High School

Reviewed on February 28, 2015

NameSchoolPublication/Broadcasts
Deerfield Beach High School
Florida Theater On Stage
Cypress Bay High School
Florida Theater On Stage
Deerfield Beach High School
Florida Theater On Stage
Piper High School
Florida Theater On Stage
JP Taravella HS
Florida Theater On Stage
North Broward Preparatory School
The Forum



Maya Quinones
Deerfield Beach High School

Submitted for publication to Florida Theater On Stage

Mix-ups, mayhem, and a gay wedding. No, it's not what you think. Wedding bells were ringing during Boca Raton Community High School's production of "The Drowsy Chaperone", and they rang loud and clear.

A fairly recent musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone" appeared on the Broadway stage in 2006, and won an impressive five Tony Awards. With music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, "The Drowsy Chaperone" has delighted musical theater lovers with its spoofs of classic 1920's Broadway shows. Complete with non-threatening gangsters, a desperate Broadway impresario, an ethic lover, a talented female ingénue, and many other stock characters, the show is famous for poking fun at productions of the past.

Brendan Feingold plays Man in Chair, the Broadway obsessed narrator who plays his favorite musical soundtrack for the audience. As the soundtrack plays, the musical is brought to life on stage. Feingold had effortless humor in his role, and remained completely in character while watching his favorite show performed in his own apartment. Feingold executed an impressive character shift that allowed the audience to emphasize with his excited yet melancholy role. Valeria Castano plays Janet Van De Graff, a multi-talented woman engaged to Robert Martin, and equally talented oil tycoon. Castano was a true triple threat, with impressive vocal, acting, and dancing skills. In her stage stealing number "Show Off," she showed her versatility by performing multiple stunts and feats. Trevor Wayne as Robert Martin had impeccable dance, vocal, and even roller skating skills, showcased in his delightful numbers "Cold Feets" and "Accident Waiting to Happen."

Every actor committed to their stereotypical character throughout the performance. With his big hair and even bigger accent, Alejandro Esteves plays the role of Latin lover Adolpho. In his narcissistic number "Adolpho," his impressive vocals succeeded in making his character extremely memorable. Channing Ramsey as the title character was also extraordinary. Alcohol in hand, Ramsey's comedic timing and vocal talents resonated with audience members. At some points, the music overpowered the actors, making the lyrics somewhat difficult to understand. Despite this, the live orchestra never missed a beat, nor did the actors.

The set was full of musical theater eye candy, with dozens of playbills, posters, and memorabilia from Broadway shows adorning the walls. Set changes were swift, and the lighting varied from intense reds to evening blues. Large, full scale set pieces left the thought "Did they really just pull that off?" in the minds of the audience. From confetti guns to flare guns, props and special effects of the production never failed to thrill.

"The Drowsy Chaperone" is a sentimental, hilarious production for anybody who has plastered a Wicked poster on their walls or cried during an overture. It celebrates musical theater, while simultaneously making fun of the various quirks and clichés the genre has rightfully accumulated over the years. Boca Raton Community High School succeeded in bring this "musical within a comedy" to life, and cementing the love of the theater in the hearts of every Broadway fan.



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Alejandra Duque
Cypress Bay High School

Submitted for publication to Florida Theater On Stage

Prohibition? An uncertain wedding? Gangsters disguised as pastry chefs? And... Monkeys on pedestals?! Boca Raton Community High School's production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is the cats pajamas!

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, which opened on Broadway in 2006 and won 5 Tony awards for it performance, is a musical comedy parodying American musicals in the 1920's. Taking place in the apartment of a middle aged man, this ultimate musical theatre fan (referred to as Man in Chair), guides us through his favorite musical, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. As his record of the score plays on, the magic of the animated characters, extravagant dance numbers, and ambiance of the 1920's come to life in his small apartment!

Leading the show as the Man in Chair was Brendan Feingold. Feingold's performance in this role was not an easy one. Being on stage for almost the entirety of the show, he rarely got a break, yet, even in the smallest moments, he never lost connection with his character. Feingold made it easy to forget that he was a high school student. The diversity of Feingolds acting abilities should also be noted. He excelled not only in his comedic timing and making the audience laugh with his commentary, but also in setting a more serious mood and tugging at the audiences heart strings as he made us believe and feel for his character's story.

Playing the role of groom Robert Martin in the fictional musical was Trevor Wayne. All aspects of Wayne's performance proved to be top notch. Both his singing and acting was skilled, and his dancing, including several lavish tap numbers, proved to be superb. Portraying the title character of drunk diva, the Drowsy Chaperone, was Channing Ramsey. Never stumbling along in her performance, Ramsey delivered a clean, elegant, and hilarious presentation of her character.

The entire cast of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE was beautifully talented and worked extremely well together. In group numbers, the ensemble was always moving together and not one person was off. The cast worked with and off of each other impeccably well. Alec Taylor and Karlo Buxo, who played Gangsters 1 and 2 are perfect examples of this. Speaking mostly in pastry puns and acting in synchronized movements, it seemed as if these two boys were one. Their hysterical performance was in sync from start to finish.

Technically, the show was very nicely done as well. The attention to detail put into the technical aspects was astounding. The apartment set was decorated immaculately with musical posters, pictures of famous actresses, and everything else that one would think the Man in Chair would enjoy. Not a single prop went unaccounted for and the makeup for the whole cast was done appropriately. The old age makeup was especially impressive. Although at times, some lines were lost due to sound issues, it was not a detrimental problem.

This cast of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE should be especially proud of their work and performance of this show, it was truly one to show off!



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Christian Ubillus
Deerfield Beach High School

Submitted for publication to Florida Theater On Stage

"Mix-ups, mayhem, and a gay wedding!" The perfect recipe for an entertaining musical! Mix in some jaw-dropping tap numbers, a professional orchestra, and a heartfelt story and you have Boca Raton Community High School's production of "The Drowsy Chaperone."

"The Drowsy Chaperone", with a score by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, tells the story of the Man in Chair, a nameless character stricken by an inexplicable sadness. To escape his sadness, he begins to play the record of his favorite musical, the titular The Drowsy Chaperone! He begins to narrate the story and the audience is transported to a world filled with loveable characters, such as the lovely Janet, the dashing Robert, and the ditzy Kitty. The musical both parodied and gave homage to the big and jazzy musicals of the 1920s and was the proud recipient of five Tony's in 2006.

In order to put on this musical, it was crucial for the Man in Chair to be epitomized on stage. To say that Brendan Feingold did a commendable job is an understatement. His presentation was relatable, comedic, earnest, and perfectly executed. He not only managed to move the story forward, he also moved the audience to experience the story the way he did, a feat that only a professional actor can accomplish.

Headlining the musical within the comedy was the beautiful bride-to-be Janet Van De Graff (Valeria Castano). We saw her command of the stage as a triple-threat in the ode to herself, "Show Off." The groom-to-be Robert Martin (Trevor Wayne) dazzled spectators with his goofy charisma and his tapping feet, comically stepping into the role of the dashing and somewhat dim leading man. Also, embracing the somewhat inebriated demeanor of the Drowsy Chaperone herself (Channing Ramsey), Ramsey filled the stage with her powerhouse acting and singing, whilst filling her character with multiple dimensions.

If you think it was only the principal characters who led the show though, you are sorely mistaken. Both the gangster ensemble and the wedding party ensemble proved hilarious to watch. Their synchronization with each other and exquisite vocal and dancing talent helped capture the atmosphere of the show in its entirety while providing a high energy performance.

The technical aspects of the show took this spectacle to the very next level. Costumes reflected the personalities of each character, lighting contributed to the overall feel of the story, and the flawlessly handled special effects within the "Show Off" number made it a visual exploit. The only hindrances in this category were the occasional microphone problems that made some words slightly difficult to hear, but it was a miniscule disturbance.

Ironically, though the Man in Chair was supposed to be the one escaping his sadness within this musical, we found ourselves forgetting about our lives and escaping with him to Boca High's "The Drowsy Chaperone."

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Melissa Kean
Piper High School

Submitted for publication to Florida Theater On Stage

Misplaced records, cunning references, roller-skates, and spit-takes were all pieces of Boca Raton Community High School's production of "The Drowsy Chaperone", leaving the audience feeling anything but drowsy.

This musical-within-a-play tells the tale of a man and his love for musicals, and once he puts on his record of the fictional musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, we are brought back to the 1920's. From then on, we are being told the tale of young Broadway star Janet Van De Graff who falls in love with a man named Robert Martin and must give up everything to be with him. A series of troublesome events leads up to a big wedding. While the musical plays out, The Man in Chair narrates what's happening to the audience in front of him. "The Drowsy Chaperone" won 5 Tony Awards in total and tells a story not quite like most. The book was written by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, while the music and lyrics were written by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.

Boca Raton Community High School's production was lively and fascinating. Each joke was perfectly executed, leaving audience members throwing their heads back in fits of laughter. It seems as if the entire cast consisted of triple-threats, leaving anybody and everybody in awe from their performances.

Brenden Feingold, who played the adorable, mirthful Man in Chair, charms the audience with his likeable and relatable personality. Janet Van De Graff, played by Valeria Castano took audiences away and literally showed off her talents in the song "Show-Off". Janet's love interest, Robert Martin, played by Trevor Wayne, was charming and left the audience on the edge of their seats as he breezed across the stage on roller-skates – blindfolded! The Drowsy Chaperone, a drunk, dazzling woman, portrayed by Channing Ramsey, enthralled the audience with her humor and her amazing vocal performance during the song "As We Stumble Along".

Other actors worth noting include Alejandro Esteves, who plays a Latin lover named Aldolpho, a name that will be stuck in your mind for weeks to come. Hayley Adams, who plays a over-dramatic, yet dedicated, mind-reader/actress named Kitty. Maxine Yeakle, who plays Mrs. Tottendale, perfectly achieved the spit-take several times. And last but certainly not least, Mika Moore, playing the brave and energetic Trix with admirable vocal performance and a pleasant personality. The ensemble was flourishing throughout the entire show, not one member noticeably missing a beat.

The technical elements, such as sets, make-up, costumes and lighting all helped make the production come together in such a captivating manner, leaving you wanting more from the moment the curtains close. There was a live orchestra that played in perfect timing with the singer's; it seems as if the synchronization came naturally throughout the whole performance.

This beautiful show features a series of vibrant characters, eloquent tap numbers, beautiful sets, and engaging humor that will leave you both laughing and crying at the same time. And that's exactly what Boca Raton Community High School did.


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Taylor Barth
JP Taravella HS

Submitted for publication to Florida Theater On Stage

A modern day man drops the needle on his favorite vinyl creating magic on the Boca Community High School stage, making "The Drowsy Chaperone" a must see!

"The Drowsy Chaperone" with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, and book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, tells the story of the Man in chair who plays the record of his favorite musical and narrates the show as the recording ensues. This revved up parody of the 1920's is full of laughter, over the top characters, and entertaining song and dance numbers.

Overall, the ensemble was very energetic and sang harmonies beautifully throughout the show. The principle roles and the ensemble had great chemistry and worked together very well to pull off challenging numbers such as, "Toledo Surprise."

Brendan Feingold, who gave a dynamic and comical performance as the bubbly Man in Chair, was simply delightful. Narrating the entire show, Feingold was very natural and simplistic, while also delivering comedic quips with finesse. Not only did Feingold portray an old man commendably, he also gave a three dimensional performance, showcasing a sentimental side when speaking of the importance of "The Drowsy Chaperone" to the musical loving man. Valeria Castano depicted the vivacious Janet Van De Graff, with stunning vocal talent and quirky characterization. Castano was exceptionally noteworthy in her song, "Show Off," with every flawless dance move and gorgeous high note.

The Drowsy Chaperone played by Channing Ramsey gave a phenomenal performance, delivering lines with impeccable diction and singing songs such as "As We Stumble Along," with a crisp and mature voice. Proving to be a triple threat, Trevor Wayne, played Janet's adoring fiancée, Robert Martin with hilarious characterization, remarkable vocal range, and impressive tap dancing. Mika Moore commanded the stage as Trix flying in on a massive plane and taking advantage of her limited stage time with her huge mannerisms and vibrant smile.

Technically, the show ran very smoothly with minor flaws. Props by Lorein Mones and company were incredibly well executed, capturing every detail down to the abundance of show posters on the walls, to the fully stocked refrigerator. Lighting by Paige Munguia and company was aesthetically pleasing as a whole but was overwhelmingly bright at times.

Boca Community High School's riveting production of "The Drowsy Chaperone" was brilliant with extravagant choreography, great visuals, and strong vocal power among all.



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Kelsey Malanowski
North Broward Preparatory School

Submitted for publication to The Forum

When it comes to Broadway musicals, there's really nothing like ‘em, and Boca Raton Community High School's incredible performance of "The Drowsy Chaperone" proved just that.

"The Drowsy Chaperone", by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, opened on Broadway in 2006 and received 5 Tony Awards. A musical within a musical, the aging narrator, Man in Chair takes the audience on an fun-filled journey where viewers are transported into a 1928 Broadway production. The plot of the show-within-the show follows the wedding of starlet Janet Van De Graff and Robert Martin, and all of the hilarious chaos that ensues.

Brendan Feingold did an amazing job as the narrator, keeping the audience captivated at all times. His comedic timing, stage presence, and sentimentality were truly admirable, and his acting was superb the whole way through. Also, Valeria Castano who played Janet was equally consistent in her wonderful performance. Castano perfectly captured the essence of a 1920's showgirl and especially stood out in the dazzling number, "Show Off".

Alongside Janet was the debonaire Robert, portrayed by the very talented Trevor Wayne. A true triple threat, Wayne's ability to tap dance, hit an array of difficult notes, and act as a smooth oil tycoon was absolutely praiseworthy. Channing Ramsey was also incredible; she played the Drowsy Chaperone, and her performance was so convincing that it was hard to believe that she was in high school.

There were many, many other talented individuals that made up the cast of "The Drowsy Chaperone," like Aldolpho (Alejandro Esteves), the Gangsters (Alec Taylor and Karlo Buxo), and Kitty (Hayley Adams). The skill and hard work of the entire ensemble was evident throughout the whole show.

Technically, the show was impressive as well, especially since many aspects were student run. The makeup, costumes, and set were beautiful and did an excellent job in evoking the feel of the late 1920s. Also, there were many sound, lighting, and set changes, which were expertly executed.

Overall, the cast of Boca Raton Community High School's "The Drowsy Chaperone" was so masterful and invested, and they delivered an extraordinary show. The performance had audience members smiling the entire time, and truly reminded us of why we love the theatre so much.

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