‘Drowsy Chaperone’ Rehearsal in Pictures at Columbia High School in Maplewood

By mark-slade March 11, 2011

‘Drowsy Chaperone’ Rehearsal in Pictures

The show opens at CHS tonight!

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Vocal Director Jamie Bunc-Arraial goes over some notes.
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Vocal Director Jamie Bunc-Arraial goes over some notes.
The Drowsy Actress.
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The Columbia High School All School Musical — The Drowsy Chaperone — captured the 2006 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Book (book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison). Tonight, it will capture your hearts, if these photos are any indication.
Conceived as a tribute to the Jazz Age musicals of the 1920s and ’30s, the story is advanced by a narrator — “The Man in the Chair” — a fan of musical theatre, who talks about his favorite show. As he speaks the musical comes alive in his apartment and much madness ensues.  
The cast of 14 primary characters is supported by an ensemble of over 30 talented performers as well as a pit choir of approximately 1o students, who lend vocal depth to the shows overall sound. The musical is directed by Robert Cohen.
The show was cast before the Christmas Break, and cast and crew have been hard at work since Monday, January 3.  
The Drowsy Chaperone comes alive this weekend at Columbia High School, 17 Parker Avenue, Maplewood, NJ.  Performances are scheduled for March 11-13 and the following weekend March 18-20. Friday and Saturday show times are 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at Maplewood Stationers, Maplewood Pizzeria, Stony’s in South Orange and Corner Deli in South Orange. Advance tickets can also be purchased at the CHS Main Office.
For further information, please call 973-762-5600 extension 1018.
– Mike Lashinsky contributed this story to Bob Krasner’s pictures.