The Drowsy Chaperone

Date 30th June 2023
Society PMA Theatre
Venue Theatre Colwyn, Colwyn Bay
Type of Production Musical
Director Gaynor Highcock
Musical Director Karen Rees
Choreographer Jo Greenhalgh

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Author: Lyn Emmerson

This was the first occasion I had encountered The Drowsy Chaperone, an exceptional theatrical
trip with Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, and Book by Bob Martin and Don
McKellar. I must say this Company is quite enterprising with their show selection, and as soon as
they finish one Production, they are full on tackling another one. The Drowsy Chaperone, served
up a good mix of catchy tunes for both Principles and Chorus, together with a script full of
comedy. What more could one want for an evening of entertainment. The set was adequate and
the Director used every square inch of the stage to full advantage.

Seated in the corner of the stage we had ‘Man in the Chair’ played by Landon Sweeney. This was a
massive role to undertake. Onstage throughout, his rapport with both audience and cast was
second to none. His script was perfect, never once faltering, and he was a great encouragement to
others members of the cast, an admirable characterisation. There were many good performances
from the cast including ‘Mrs Tottendale’ played by Ruth Jones, who led the Company in the
opening number, ‘Fancy Dress’. Another flawless contribution, as we expected, from Jo
Greenhalgh as ‘Underling’. Bride and Groom, ‘Janet’ and ‘Robert,’ played by Dani Lisa Buck and
Ben Trafford respectively, together with ‘Best Man George’, Keith Lewis, coped well with all their
musical tasks. Nice tap routine ‘Cold Feets’ with ‘Robert’ and ‘George’ assisted by ‘Underling’.
Natalie Allpress was perfectly cast as Janet’s alcoholic ‘Chaperone’, the rich tone of her singing
voice was a highlight, particularly whilst leading the Company in ‘As We Stumble Along’. Mia
Lockley did all that was asked of her in her role as ‘Kitty’, a ‘wannabe flapper’. Good portrayal
from John Haydon of Broadway Producer ‘Feldzieg’, trying to weave his crafty ways. Sam Highcock
gave an expert characterisation of Latin lover ‘Aldolpho’, never failing to maintain his accent
throughout thus receiving the appreciation from the audience. Two youngsters, Levi Lord and
Molly Leigh Campbell took the roles of ‘Gangsters’ with ease, timing was excellent, so watch this
space. Rachel Cavanagh was well cast and fully justified her selection as ‘Trix’. All the minor roles
were well executed, and one could hear every word.

All chorus numbers were well rehearsed and choreographed. Costumes ticked all the right boxes
and the competent Stage Crew completed all their tasks.

A lovely evening’s entertainment which deserved a much larger audience. This is the 5 th show I
have had the privilege to attend and P.M.A.Theatre bring a new spark to their production each
time I see them. Thank you once again.


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