Drowsy Chaperone opens this week

Halle Weyler (left) as the ingénue, Janet Van de Graaff, and Beth Miller as the drowsy chaperone in Shoreline Musical Theatre’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone opening this week.

The Drowsy Chaperone takes to the stage at the Tidemark Theatre this week courtesy Shoreline Musical Theatre Society, a troupe of local actors and musicians, for what director Heather Gordon Murphy says is possibly their most ambitious production to date.

The piece is built around a character simply called “Man in Chair” – although the character is sometimes played by a woman, as will be the case with the Shoreline performance.

The character is a shut-in who is actually just listening to a musical soundtrack recording and imagining a stereotypical stage production from back in the heyday of musicals – the 1920s – which gets acted out by the performers while really only existing in the narrator’s mind.

Get your tickets before they are gone for one of only four shows of what Gordon Murphy says “is probably the second most well known Canadian Musical of all time, behind Anne of Green Gables.”

The show will take the Tidemark stage for three evening performances – Nov. 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. – and a matinee on the 25th at 2 p.m. Tickets for the show are only $30 and can be purchased at the Tidemark Box Office or online at tidemarktheatre.com