NORMAN — A show-within-a-show, the University of Oklahoma Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre’s upcoming production is packed full of every gimmick and cliché from musicals of the 1920s jazz age.
“The Drowsy Chaperone,” the Tony Award-winning musical comedy, hits the stage 8 p.m. Feb. 14-15, 20-22 and 3 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Rupel J. Jones Theatre, 563 Elm St.
“I like musicals full of camp,” Director Lyn Cramer said, “and it is hilariously funny.”
“The Drowsy Chaperone” opens with a Broadway fanatic sitting in a chair, in search for a cure to a sadness that has overcome him. He listens to a recording of the fictional 1928 musical comedy, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and the characters suddenly appear in his apartment, transforming it into a glitzy Broadway set. The fictional musical focuses around the wedding day of an oil tycoon and Broadway star, who intends to give up her career for the married life.
Cramer has directed “The Drowsy Chaperone” once before. Even with one under her belt, Cramer said producing a musical is an all-consuming process every time. And with rehearsals every day of the week, it’s no cake walk for the cast either.
“Every single day is a complete and total joy,” Cramer said. “You have a unique situation where everyone rises to the challenge.”
Cramer said it is harder for college students than professionals to have a role in a production because students have to balance both school and show work. For Cramer, two students who have more than proved their abilities to rise to the challenge are junior Kassiani Menas and senior Jacob Chancellor.
Menas will be playing the role of the drowsy chaperone, an alcoholic who is chaperoning a bride to keep her from her husband until her wedding day. Chancellor will be playing the role of Aldolpho, a self-proclaimed famed Latin lover.