The cast of The Drowsy Chaperone rehearsing the piece.
The cast of The Drowsy Chaperone rehearsing the piece. Contributed

The Drowsy Chaperone a win for Bangalow

A MUSICAL within a comedy is a hard task for any community theatre to undertake.

Let alone if the production is the first ever undertaken by a new theatre company.

Bangalow Theatre Company threw caution to the wind and put on a show that, I have to admit, is one of the best we have seen this year.

The Drowsy Chaperone was as much fun, as great singing, as comedic value and as much dancing as some of the best professional theatre productions .

Picking up The Drowsy Chaperone as their very first production was a risky decision but a 'Eureka' moment for the troupe.

The plot incorporates mistaken identities, dream sequences, split takes, an unflappable English butler, an absent-minded dowager, a Broadway impresario and his Follies production, comic gangsters, and Janet's 'drowsy' (tipsy) chaperone, played in the show-within-a-show by a grande dame of the stage, specialising in 'rousing anthems' and not above upstaging the occasional co-star.

Creative production (by Jo Franklin, Adrienne Megan Lester and Anouska Gammon) was flawless.

Co directors Jo Franklin and Philippa Williams offered a fantastic show, brilliantly directed.

The cast and band did a fantastic job, with strong leads by Owen Trevor-Jones as The Man in the Chair, and Melia Naughton as the Drowsy Chaperone.

Those in the cast who could not sing professionally were strong on the acting side, with actors such as Brian Yeater (Adolpho) and Sasha Michalitsianos (Kitty) and others offering comedy.

We laughed non stop, we enjoyed great live music, a well framed theatre piece and fantastic food.

Thanks, Bangalow Theatre Company, we will be back.