REVIEW: Santa Clara High’s drama department puts on hilarious new musical: ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Yesterday evening, the SCHS drama department premiered their spring musical “The Drowsy Chaperone,” delivering great entertainment, tear-jerking laughs and baffling moments to its audiences. Following their previous production, “Noises Off,” the theater department has succeeded in keeping a comical mood throughout their performances this school year.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is a hilarious musical comedy about a wedding ending in complete mayhem. The first act opens with the narration of senior Khalil Malik as “the Man in the Chair,” who sets the mood of the comedy with some irony regarding plays on Broadway. Beckoning the audience to join him in listening to his favorite musical, the act continues with a pair of fiancés and their friends anticipating their wedding. Problems arise when the bride performer Janet Van De Graaff, played by sophomore Samantha Hamilton, plans to quit producer Mr. Feldzieg’s  production for her wedding. Now determined to stop the wedding, Mr. Feldzieg, portrayed by Sydney Fonderie, sends the characters into total chaos.

Along with an amazing set, the cast of Thursday’s show blew away the crowd. Samantha Hamilton glamorously depicted Janet Van De Graaff as if it were a second personality of hers, showing off her diva side in the musical. Another standout was freshman Zeiler Randall-Reed as Robert Martin, performing an impressive tap dance number with junior Devin Wong as the best man George. Perhaps most notable was junior Acacia Glover as the Drowsy Chaperone for putting on a humorous act as a drunken adult, getting the crowd to laugh every time she entered the scene.

Tears of laughter were brought to the audience’s eyes during the number of “Bride’s Lament.” This musical’s absurd but hilarious randomness is impressively demonstrated by the cast throughout the entire show, even sprinkling a couple of puns here and there.

But there were some aspects of the performance that took away from the experience. Such as, at some parts of the song numbers, the orchestra overtook the voices of the singers, making it difficult to understand the lyrics.

Overlooking some issues, “The Drowsy Chaperone” was an enjoyable and thrilling performance that left the audience in a riot of laughter.

Upcoming performances of “The Drowsy Chaperone” are tonight, April 6, and next Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13. All shows begin at 7:00 p.m. in the SCHS theater and cost $10 for general admission, $8 for students with an ASB card.