Another Astonishing and Funny Production

A Review of the Spring Musical, ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

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Jessin Wang

Judge Sanchez ’19 playing the role of Feldzieg and Caroline Gallagher ’19 playing the role of Kitty.

On May 23, 24, and 25th, 2018, the Bronx Science Drama Department hosted its annual Spring Musical. After countless hours of practice, the cast and crew members finally got to show their talents and efforts in front of the audience through the musical The Drowsy Chaperone.

The Drowsy Chaperone is set in the 1920s. The show is about a middle-aged man who is a big fan of musical theatre. While he plays his favorite musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, through an LP record, he makes remarks about the plot, music, and actors as the show appears onstage.

In the man’s favorite musical, it is Robert Martin and Janet Van de Graaff’s wedding day. Mrs. Tottendale is a wealthy but foolish woman who is in charge of hosting the marriage for the oil tycoon, Robert and the Broadway star Janet. However, people like the Broadway producer Feldzieg and two gangsters disguised as pastry chefs want the wedding to be called off for their benefits. The chaperone, as the musical is named after her, is an alcoholic who is supposed to look after Janet so that she does not see Robert until the wedding, but due to her actions, it almost led to Robert and Janet to call off their wedding. Fortunately, many weddings including Robert and Janet’s wedding was led by Trix, an aviatrix.

“This year was my first year performing in the musical, and it was definitely a new experience that I will never be able to forget,” said Judge Sanchez ’19.

Unlike any other musical, there was a pleasant twist. Mr. Brown, the Drama Moderator, performed on stage as the super who came to fix the middle-aged man’s lights. Through all the jokes and unexpected appearances on stage, the musical was worth the stay to watch after school.

“The musical was amazing. The story line was fresh and not a minute went by without their witty lines drawing laughter from the audience. The cast excelled in acting, dancing, and singing, but what I was most impressed with was the heart that everyone part of the production put in. It was truly a performance to remember,” said Victoria Yu ’18.

Not only were the audience satisfied with the musical, the cast and crew members were content with their works as well. Both new and old members of the musical learned to work together and enjoy the times they had together practicing and performing on stage.

Judge Sanchez ’19, who played the role of the Broadway producer Feldzieg, said, “This year was my first year performing in the musical and it was definitely a new experience that I will never be able to forget. Through preparing for this musical, I met so many wonderful people. Also, I’ve always performed on stage as a cellist, but today it felt different to sing, act, and dance on stage. It was so much fun!”

Through high spirits and enthusiasm, the audience was able to feel and resonate how the actors on stage and backstage workers felt while the musical was ongoing. The works of art performed every year has not only brought new audience members who currently attend Bronx Science, but has also brought back alumni to enjoy as well.

Jessin Wang
Alex Ellerstein ’19 playing the role of Mrs. Tottendale and Zeke Allis ’19 playing the role of George.
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