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South Plainfield Summer Drama Workshop to Present ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ August 3-6

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Performances of 'The Drowsy Chaperone' will be held at South Plainfield High School Aug. 3 - Aug. 6. Pictured, Megan Garretson and Stephanie Heim.
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Christopher Dzioba as 'the man in the chair' tells a tale of his favorite Broadway play. 
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Kitty (Hailey Medina) shows off her skills to the gangsters (Jackson Dalton and James Buchanan) masquerading as pastry chefs in the SPSDW's 2017 production of 'The Drowsy Chaperone.'
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Jasmin Santiago as Trix the Aviatrix.
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David Irizarry as Underling and Mary Lee O’Dell as Mrs. Tottendale.
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Christopher Dzioba as the Narrator, (Stephanie Heim as Janet, and Justin Bell as Robert Martin.
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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The curtain on South Plainfield Summer Drama Workshop’s (SPSDW) 2017 production, The Drowsy Chaperone, will go up later this week. Performances of the Tony award-winning ‘musical within a comedy’ will be held Thursday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 6 at in the air-conditioned South Plainfield High School auditorium.

The Drowsy Chaperone focuses on a tired chaperone who puts on his favorite recording of a musical and it comes to life on stage. The two-act play features a host of characters including but not limited to, a couple on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theater producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, and a tipsy chaperone. The show is age-appropriate for all audiences and features both new and returning cast members, staff, musicians, and crew, including Megan Garretson making her SPSDW debut as 'The Drowsey Chaperone.' 

“SPSDW is a South Plainfield tradition, 46 years strong, that brings the opportunity for our kids, starting in sixth grade, to be a part of a professionally run musical theatre,” said SPSDW President Will Mott.

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Initially established to keep kids engaged during the summer, SPSDW has, since 1972, put on dozens of sell-out plays and musicals.  The tuition-based program, which today is run under the auspices of the South Plainfield Adult School, is volunteer-run and staffed by seasoned professionals dedicated to uncovering one’s hidden talents while, at the same time, building confidence and teaching teamwork and responsibility.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students for all shows. Performances will held Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 3-5, at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. in Sunday, Aug. 6. Tickets can be purchased at the box office prior to each performance. For additional information, visit https://www.facebook.com/SouthPlainfieldSummerDramaWorkshop/

“We hope you will join us for a wonderful night of musical theatre right here in our own town,” said Mott.

Meet the Cast  

Emma Ballinger (reporter/ensemble), Justin Bell (Robert Martin), Amanda Bermo-Merchan (ensemble), Justin Billich (George), Becky Birath (ensemble), Allison Buchanan (ensemble),James Buchanan (gangster 1), Colin Campos (ensemble/superintendent), Adam Casaliggi (Feldzieg), Jackson Dalton (gangster), Victoria Dembowski (ensemble), Nina DeSimone (ensemble), Sara DeSimone (ensemble), Katherine Dzioba (ensemble), Christopher Dzioba (man in chair/narrator), Samantha Dzioba (ensemble), Fallon Garretson (ensemble), Megan Lynn Garretson (The Drowsy Chaperone), Anisha Goel (ensemble), Stephanie Heim (Janet Van De Graaf), Sarah Housel (ensemble), David Irizarry (Underling), Jakai Johnson (ensemble), Cassidy Leonardis (ensemble), Aiden MacKenzie (ensemble), Lesly Mayta (ensemble), Hailey Medina (Kitty), Anika Melkote (ensemble), Marylee O'Dell (Mrs.Tottendale), Ashley K. Olson (reporter/ensemble), Cassidy O’Shaughnessy (ensemble), Gianna Parlapiano (ensemble), Jasmine Santiago (Trix), Jerry Shang (ensemble), Gabriel Soto (Aldolpho), Gianna Tomei (ensemble), and Samantha Zelek (ensemble).

Meet the Crew

April Nguyck, Kevin O’Brien, Miguel Rojas-Argueta, Brian Sesta, and Doug Veit

Meet the Staff

Chirs Abbott (set design), Raven Dunbar (choreographer), Sarah Gwiazda (assistant choreographer), Rosalind Heim (vocal intern), Christopher Kastner (vocal director), Emily Kastner (assistant director/stage manager), Marisa Minougue (orchestra director), and Katie Mott (director)

Meet the Musicians

Orchestra: Sara Dabul (trumpet), Sean G. Hack (trumpet), Tommy O’Brien (clarinet), Joseph Paglia (keyboard), Bella Rockford (saxophone), and Rhea Rajpal (percussion) along with Harrison Anesh (saxophone), Clay Beyert (trumpet), Jay Buchanan (double bass), Margaret Fatsis (clarinet/alto saxophone), Taylor Goodson (drums), Kyle Kelly (trumpet), Courtney Lee (flute), Dan Minogue (trumpet), Jessenia Moreno (clarinet), Scott O’Brien (trombone), Aaron Ritchie (saxophone), Jessica Sevavia (percussion), Amanda Senatore (percussion), and Matthew Schmidt (oboe). 

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