Bishop’s University Students present Sherbrooke Premiere of The Drowsy Chaperone with French Surtitles

Bishop’s University Students present Sherbrooke Premiere of The Drowsy Chaperone with French Surtitles

Students enrolled in the Spring Semester performance course in the Musical Theatre Concentration at Bishop’s University will be presenting the Sherbrooke premiere of The Drowsy Chaperone, with French surtitles, featuring the first graduating cohort of the program, from May 29 to June 10th at Turner Studio Theatre.

Dr. Art Babayants directs his second production for the Musical Theatre concentration at Bishop‘s University and has selected the five-time Tony-Award-winning musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, a Canadian creation by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison (lyrics and music) and Bob Martin and Don McKellar (book). Bishop’s University Singers Director Fannie Gaudette is the Musical Director. Chantal Carrier is the choreographer and Adam Provencher is responsible for Set and Costume Design.

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 an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Sophie Kaplan cast as Mrs. Tottendale and Tyler Casat who plays Robert Martin are the first students to graduate from the Musical Theatre Concentration at Bishop’s University. While most cast members are enrolled in the Drama or Music programs, students from Education, Sociology, Computer Science and History will also be singing and tap dancing on the Turner Studio Theatre stage.

The production aims to be inclusive with the casting of performers of various cultural backgrounds and also for francophone members of the community whose first language is not English. For the first time in a theatre production, French surtitles will be displayed throughout the performance for the spoken text. Musical numbers will be performed in English.

The performance is suited for audiences 12-years or older. Runtime: 2 hours with intermission.

Tickets are available at Centennial Theatre Box Office in person from Monday to Friday, online through Lepointdevente, and by phone 819-822-9692.

The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical within a comedy.



Sonia Patenaude
Communications Manager – Bishop’s University
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