Mix-ups and Mayhem: PLT presents “The Drowsy Chaperone”

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Mix-ups and Mayhem: Lewis University presents “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Published: July 2, 2012.

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) presents The Drowsy Chaperone, a zany musical within a comedy. From the crackle of a Broadway fan’s record player, a 1928 musical magically fills the room and tells the story of wacky characters making mischief. Audiences will be transported to the Golden Age of the Broadway Musical, and watch as the story comes to life through the narration of the Man in the Chair. The show opens Friday, July 20 and runs until Sunday, July 29.

Under the direction of Jo Slowik of Joliet, the cast of 16 comes from all over the area and includes Becky Buechel, Jeni Donahue, Jenny Jasper, and Kelsey McGrath all of Joliet, Ryan Bennett of Morris, RJ Cecott of Hickory Hills, Warren C. Dailey of Minooka, Jackie Flint of Braidwood, Ryan Flynn of Homer Glen, Gabriella Giocomo of Crest Hill, Sam Juveland of Naperville, Sarah Alexis Mason of Bolingbrook, Erin D. Schneider of Plainfield, Jonah Stachura-Schneider of Blue Island, Tim Tholl of Lockport, and Tim Vollmer of Elwood.

Members of the production staff include: Becky Hicks (Music Director), Celeste Mackey (Costume Design) and Andrew Nelsen (Scenic Design and Technical Director) of Joliet, Kevin Kaucher of Chicago (Lighting Design), Jason Aguirre of New York City (Guest Choreographer) and Dave Pomatto of Naperville (Assistant Technical Director).

Members of the crew include Melissa Chicola (Stage Manager) and Stephanie Daley (Assistant to the Choreographer and Sound Reinforcement) of Lockport, Adam Smetana of Racine, WI (Body Microphones), Jessie Richey of McHenry and Sabra Thomas of Bolingbrook (Assistant Stage Managers), Michael Wall of Waconda (Properties), and Jose Marquez of Elwood (Backstage Technician).

This show is recommended for patrons 6 years old and up and will run July 20-22 and July 26-29. Evening performances begin at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. In addition to the evening performance, there will be a 4 p.m. performance on Saturday July 28. Advanced ticket purchases are strongly encouraged. Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and students and $2 for Lewis students with their student IDs. Tickets are $10 for groups of fifteen or more, a savings of more than 10 percent off the original ticket price. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, call the PLT box office at (815) 836-5500, Monday thru Friday from 1-4:30 p.m., or by emailing at boxoffice@lewisu.edu. Renovations for the Oremus Fine Arts building have begun. For additional information, patrons can check out the PLT Website, www.lewisu.edu/plt, for updates and parking suggestions. The Philip Lynch Theatre is located on the main campus of Lewis University, Oremus Fine Arts Building on Route 53 in Romeoville.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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