Springfield never disappoints with its buzzing art scene including art galleries, musical performances and plays. Whether it’s an old-school movie in Gillioz Theatre or a musical play in Tent Theatre, an art performance is always within your reach. It’s time to get off the couch for Drowsy Chaperone, the musical comedy that is celebrating Tent Theatre’s 56th anniversary.
“Drowsy Chaperone is a very light comedy; it’s fast-paced and has lots of funny gag retreats,” says Mark Templeton, managing director of Tent Theatre, which performs on Missouri State University’s campus. “There’s an airplane that has to appear on the stage, which is going to be a challenge, but with all of these elements of comedy, it’s going to be a fun and enjoyable experience for the audience.”
This musical storyline surrounds Janet van de Gaff, a superstar who gives up her career to marry an oil tycoon, but their wedding was opposed by the Broadway impresario and his backers. The impresario hires vain Latin lover Aldolpho to seduce Janet. However, Aldolpho encounters her tipsy chaperone, and mistaken identities set off madcap consequences.
In the celebration of the 56th anniversary, three professional performers from New York City join the cast with Missouri State University students to perform three plays.