140 E. Roosevelt Ave. / PO Box 783 / Dover, DE 19903 / 302-674-3568 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
at the Patchwork Playhouse
Providing Quality Community Theatre
to Central Delaware Since 1953
Our 60th Season Opener!
Kent County Theatre Guild
brings back the big Broadway musical...
book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar
music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison
Chris PoloEddie Cohee
stage director musical director
JUNE 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 8:00p
Sunday Matinee JUNE 23 2:00p
General Admission Ticket: $22
(There are no reserved seats for this show.)
The Patchwork Playhouse
140 E Roosevelt Ave, Dover DE
About the Show...
It's been a number of years since Dover has seen a traditional large-scale musical at a local community theater, but director Chris Polo and music director Eddie Cohee aim to change that with their June production of The Drowsy Chaperone at the Kent County Theatre Guild.
The Drowsy Chaperone, by Lisa Lambert, Don McKellar, Bob Martin and Greg Morrison, is a madcap show-within-a-show that parodies American musical comedies of the 1920s. The Broadway production starred musical sensation (and TV's Bunheads lead) Sutton Foster and took home five Tony Awards in 2006, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.
The show revolves around one musical theatre fan’s obsession with a fictional show from the 1920s: ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’. As he listens to the recording, the characters come to life in his apartment. This is the story of a Broadway actress, Janet Van de Graaf, who wants to marry the debonair Robert Martin and give up her stage career. Janet’s producer, Mr. Feldzieg, must stop the wedding because if she quits show business, he'll lose his job! Further, gangsters threaten Mr. Feldzieg since if Janet quits, they lose their investment.
Although Polo has never taken on a musical, she's directed regular-season shows at the Guild since 1992. She also has experience working on a different type of musical production: she, husband Mike Polo, and close friend Bruce Leister wrote, produced and appeared in seven Delaware Unleashed musical revues for the Guild.
Polo says that doing a big, traditional musical at the Guild is something she's dreamed about for years. "And a true bonus is having Eddie Cohee as musical director," she says. "I've worked with him on our Delaware Unleashed productions and other musical revues at the Guild, as well as on regular-season shows, and he's an incredible asset to any production. So I know this is going to be a fantastic experience and a terrific show."