The Drowsy Chaperone

Date 26th April 2012
Society Kirkcaldy Amateur Operatic Society
Venue Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy?
Type of Production Musical?
Director Ken Alexander, Carol Sinclair
Musical Director Tom Wright

Report

Author: John Urquhart

Choreographer: Carol Sinclair

Many people, I’m sure, who saw the title ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ had no idea what to expect and gave the show a miss. Those who did attend were rewarded with an absolutely outstanding production which was entertaining from start to finish. Many people even came along twice, such was the appeal!
Set in a man’s New York Apartment, this 20’s musical comes alive in his kitchen as he plays the record to the audience. As we enjoy the show as it unfolds we also are entertained by the man’s commentary on the show.
The role of ‘Man in Chair’ was played to great critical acclaim by Charles Sinclair, who was totally believable throughout as he led the audience through the story with insights into his private life. Just as he was captivated by the record, we were captivated by his performance.
Each and every principal gave an outstanding performance. Unfortunately there is insufficient space to do justice to the impeccable performances of the other 12 major principals. Each and every one played their part to perfection as did the small chorus.
The show very much captured the style and charm of the 20’s aided by an excellent orchestration, good costumin,g excellent choreography and stylised acting. Billed as a musical within a comedy, I can honestly say that I don’t know when I have laughed so much!
Well done everyone - a theatrical tour de force!