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Laugh At Oly’s Spring Musical

May 01, 2015 11:52AM ● By City Journals Staff
Snicker, chortle, giggle and burst right out at the spoof on musical theatre, “The Drowsy Chaperone”, performed by the reputable Performing Arts Departments of Olympus High May 27- 30!  For only four performances, the talented students of Olympus High will sing and dance as zany, over-the-top characters from this new show, which has been dubbed “a musical within a comedy”! Tickets are available online at or at the school’s box office at the north end of the building, weekdays starting May 11, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Where there’s a wedding, there’s an array of wedding guests! In “Drowsy Chaperone” the guests range from Mrs. Tottendale, the show’s version of Dori the fish from “Finding Nemo”, to Aldolpho, the Latin lover seeking someone to admire him as much as he does, and the Drowsy Chaperone herself, who is too drunk to keep an eye on the bride-to-be.  When two gangsters, sent to spoil the wedding, disguise themselves as bakers from the catering company, get ready to laugh your buns off!

Director Robin Edwards suggests, “This show is for anyone who enjoys musical theatre or just loves a good laugh!”  She attributes her success to, “The perfect three-way collision of talented students, supportive parents, and amazing co-directors!”  According to Edwards, “Vicki Belnap, the school’s choir teacher and Performing Arts Department Head, polishes student vocal performances to a professional level, and Susan DeMille, the choreographer, transforms even the gawkiest teenage boy into a coordinated hoofer to rival Fred Astaire!”  

Edwards claims parent support enhances the experience for students as well as audiences, stating, “Our parents feed the cast, sell tickets, hang posters, organize costuming, sell concessions, and gather donations to support our productions. Without them, we would have a lovely show with no one to watch it and nothing to eat at intermission.” Edwards credits the students with being the essence of the show’s entertainment. She said, “The life of the show comes from the talented students who willingly work to improve until every aspect of the show is performance-perfect. They inspire me and will entertain and inspire our audiences.”