Set Design | Scenic Painting
Composers & Lyricists: LISA LAMBERT and GREG MORRISON
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.
Production: Desert Stages Theatre
Director: Stephen Hohendorf Parnel
Music Director: Tyler Thompson
Choreography: Alyssa Blonder
The Drowsy Chaperone is one of my favorite musicals. It is lighthearted, hilarious, and always fun, no matter how often you see it. It celebrates the classical era of 1920s musicals which I wanted to feature throughout the set which featured a grungy old New York apartment, which at Stephen's request included a bathroom. I painted several old show posters and incorporated the names of the characters of the show.
The plane used in the final scene of the show was assembled on stage with set components that were on stage for the entire show. It was an effective solution and also a surprise for the audience.