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USCHS presents “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Drowsy Chaperone poster Upper St. Clair High School will present its spring musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” March 3-5 and March 9-11 in the school’s theatre. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, March 3, 4, 10 and 11. Family Night, with a 6:30 p.m. show time, is set for Thursday, March 9 and a 2 p.m. matinee is offered on Sunday, March 5.

Adult tickets purchased in advance are $12 through March 2 and $15 starting March 3. All student tickets are $5. Admission for Upper St. Clair senior citizens is free with an USC Gold Card.

For the first time, Upper St. Clair is offering online ticket sales. Visit www.usctheater.org/musical beginning Friday, Feb. 10 to order tickets to any of the six performances.

Those who prefer to purchase tickets in person may visit the theatre box office, located within Upper St. Clair High School, beginning Feb. 24. The box office will be open from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings. In addition, the box office will open one hour prior to each show. The box office is located through the middle set of exterior doors.

“The Drowsy Chaperone,” directed by Larry Cervi, features a cast of more than 70 students and is accompanied by a 40-member student orchestra.

When a diehard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and “The Drowsy Chaperone” begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and a “drowsy” chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.