Songs and Laughs Abound in SJC Columbian Players' Presentation of "The Drowsy Chaperone"

April 3, 2013

The Columbian Players of Saint Joseph's College will present the Tony Award-winning musical comedy "The Drowsy Chaperone" on April 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 pm CDT in the Evans Arts and Science Building on the SJC campus. Tickets cost $5.00, and SJC students and employees will receive free admission.

"The Drowsy Chaperone" won the Tony Award in 2006 for Best Musical Score and Best Book, along with the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding Book.

"The Drowsy Chaperone" focuses on a middle-aged musical theatre fan as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the fictional 1928 hit "The Drowsy Chaperone." As the record plays, the show comes to life in his apartment as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors. A charming, witty homage to the golden days of the American musical comedy, "The Drowsy Chaperone" is full of catchy tunes, energetic dances, a blindfolded man on roller skates, and gangsters pretending to be pastry chefs.

"For people who love musicals, this is the show for you," said Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts John Rahe. "The talented cast of actors, singers, and dancers has worked hard to make the show a success, and it has something to offer to everyone."

The cast includes: senior Biology-Chemistry major Joe Karpiak of Lemont, Ill. as Man in Chair; junior Mass Communication major Katie Dittman of Elkhart, Ind. as Mrs. Tottendale; sophomore A.J. Frigo of Monon, Ind. as the Underling; junior Music major Harrison Beeson of Kenosha, Wis. as Robert Martin; junior Music major Ryan Dillon of Salem, Wis. as George; sophomore Theatre Arts major Mark Rouse of Remington, Ind. as Feldzeig; freshman Elementary Education major Julie Pater of Berwyn, Ill. as Kitty; junior English major Tanner Brunson of West Lafayette, Ind. as Gangster 1; sophomore Business Administration major Mark Maes of Culver, Ind. as Gangster 2; senior Biology major Dan Amador of Highland, Ind. as Adolpho; junior Music Education major Gayle Arend of Wolcottville, Ind. as Janet Van De Graaff; freshman Theatre and English-Creative Writing major Katie Davisson of Rensselaer, Ind. as the Drowsy Chaperone; junior Business Administration major Toriana Briscoe of Indianapolis, Ind. as Trix the Aviatrix; and junior Computer Science major Erik Benson of Hammond, Ind. as the Superintendent.

Members of the ensemble include: junior Biology major Shannon Sacksteder of Palmyra, Ind.; freshman Mass Communication major Chloe Broeker of Monterey, Ind.; junior Criminal Justice and Psychology major Paige Kirkland of Pekin, Ind.; freshman Music major Donny Mori of Crown Point, Ind.; and sophomore Psychology major Megan Hetzel of Valparaiso, Ind.

Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 34 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.

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