Now Playing: The Drowsy Chaperone
July 6th – September 3rd
BUY TICKETSThis hilarious musical received 5 Tony Awards when it premiered in 2006, including Best Book and Best Original Score. A deliciously meta look at the clichés and contrivances of early musicals, join us as a drily witty theatre-super-fan leads us on a literal tour of his favorite (fictitious) musical come to life, 1928’s The Drowsy Chaperone, featuring lovers, bumblers, theatre producers, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, and, of course, a tipsy chaperone.
The Drowsy Chaperone has no nudity or profanity. Were it a movie, it would likely be PG for a few sexual references.
The whole group does a smashing job, and the show is chock full of just the sort of madcap chicanery and unhinged character studies for which OCT has rightly earned credit. It’s a terrific night of high-octane insanity, and it’s well worth seeing.
It’s another laugh-out-loud romp that has audiences variously guffawing at its outrageous humor and happily groaning at its over-the-top word play and physical comedy… The highlights are many. When it seems one dazzlingly choreographed song and dance can’t be topped, it’s followed by another equally good or better.
A night at OCT is always exceptional for its productions, tasty food and good drinks. Come early to relax in comfortable chairs, enjoy a meal or just appetizers and a glass, and appreciate the time for conversation with friends…
High Praise for The Drowsy Chaperone From Our Facebook Page:
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“It’s an absolutely wonderful show. The ensemble cast is just perfect — one of the best places to spend a summer evening! And the food is also to die for. If you want one truly special evening don’t miss Drowsy Chaperone!”
“So much fun!”
“The Drowsy Chaperone was incredible! Great dessert and drinks were yummy. Service was amazing!”
“We saw it yesterday, and it was fantastic!”
“THE BEST SHOW EVER. Standing ovation so deserved and earned by your cast. I love Cabaret and would see this show again in a heartbeat!!!!!!!”
“Great show! We loved every moment”
“It’s heaven….run, don’t walk……..!!”
“I have been to many plays and The [Drowsy] Chaperone is the best to date! Great job.”
“Saw Drowsy Chaperone last night! Congrats cast! John Stadelman was a perfect Man in Chair. Do not miss this warm giggly comedy!”
“it was fabulous, great job everyone!”
“The show was amazing! Well done. ”
“Charming venue and really entertaining enjoyable and [an] amazing, funny musical. A very fun way to spend the evening in Ashland”
“Great show tonight! Will see it again soon!”
“It was wonderful!!! Fun, exciting, amazing, just too many adjectives!!! ? Thank you for a wonderful evening!”
“Wonderful!” Great performances and elegant, jaunty hilarious writing.”
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Man in Chair
John has worked locally as an actor with OCT, The Rogue Music Theatre, and six seasons with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Directing credits include Ashland High School’s The Music Man and Juneau Civic Light Opera’s Candide. John has also appeared at The Portland Repertory Theatre, in Sacramento with “Music Circus,” and in the Bay area with the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival.
The Drowsy Chaperone
Once again a resident of Ashland, Gretchen was a company member at the Shakespeare Festival in 1986, ’88, and ’90, and is a charter member of this Cabaret Theatre. She has portrayed real-life women as diverse as Mae West, Patsy Cline, Leona Helmsley, and Ann Landers in One-Woman Shows. For four years in Portland, Gretchen created, produced and hosted the hit professional singer showcase Cabaret Chanteuse at Tony Starlight’s Supperclub. Favorite roles include Shirley Valentine, Mama Rose in Gypsy, Dot/Marie in Sunday In The Park With George, Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at Portland Center Stage. This show marks her 8th production at OCT.
Layli is thrilled to return to OCT for her 3rd season! Some credits include: Chicago (Velma Kelly), West Side Story (Anita), Cabaret, Hairspray, Urinetown. Training: Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Santa Fe University of Art and Design; BFA. Many thanks to the cast/crew, my family and friends, and the love and support of my guy Ry.
National/International Tours: The Addams Family, Fiddler On The Roof, and ‘S Wonderful. Previous OCT Credits: 9 To 5 (Joe/Dwayne) and Chicago (Fogarty/Ensemble). Favorite Regional Credits: Crazy For You (Bobby Child), Singin’ In The Rain (Don Lockwood), Mary Poppins (Bert), White Christmas (Bob Wallace), Carousel(Billy Bigelow), Oklahoma! (Curly and Will), and A Chorus Line (Greg and Al). BFA in Music Theatre from The Hartt School. Special thanks to Val, Rick, and Hoover for bringing him back to OCT and Ashland for the summer.
Galloway is so proud to join the team at OCT for this wonderful season. You may remember him from past productions as The Emcee in Cabaret, Franklin Hart, Jr. in 9 to 5, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Dr. Parker in Bat Boy, and Dr. Frank-n-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show. Other favorite regional credits include Gomez Addams in The Addams Family, Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl, and Jud Fry in Oklahoma! Feel free to follow Galloway on Twitter @gallowaystevens.
Edgar is so excited to be back in Ashland and at the Oregon Cabaret! Credits at the Cabaret include 9 to 5 and Chicago. Other regional credits: Kiss of the SpiderWoman (Short North Stage), Bullets over Broadway, Chicago, Evita, Anything Goes (Phoenix Theatre); Crazy for You (Candlelight Pavilion); Mary Poppins, Christmas is Here Again, Spamalot, Fiddler on the Roof (PCPA Theatrefest). Edgar has worked with Disney theme parks as a parade dancer as well being a part of an opening act for the rock band HEART. Thanks to family and friends for the support! BFA Musical Theatre: Cal State, Fullerton.
Stephanie studied theatre arts at The Acting Center in Hollywood, vocal training with Laura Derocher, and dance at Buddy Schwimmer’s Dance Center. She appeared in last season’s musical 9 to 5 as Margaret, the loveable office lush. Other local credits include Craterian’s Next Stage Rep as Rita in Educating Rita and Cherie in Bus Stop, Randall Theatre as Elvira in Blithe Spirit, and Camelot Theatre as Frumah Sarah in Fiddler On The Roof.
Lucas couldn’t be happier to be back in beautiful Ashland. Cabaret credits include: Danny in The Pine Mountain Lodge, Riff Raff in Rocky Horror Show, Pan in Bat Boy, and Dick in Dames at Sea. Regional credits include: Peter in the 2008 California premiere of Bare: A Pop Opera, Moritz in Spring Awakening, Valentine/Neleus in Mary Poppins, Riff in West Side Story, Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats. Other credits: MEMPHIS, Hairspray, White Christmas, Man of La Mancha, Cyrano De Bergerac, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Legally Blonde, Singin’ In The Rain, Guys And Dolls, Noises Off, and more. Visit www.lucasblair.net
Chad Alexander Patterson
Chad is excited to share this wonderful show with OCT audiences. PCPA: Ted in Peter and the Starcatcher (Brad Carroll) Georg in Spring Awakening (Val Rachelle), Harry in My Fair Lady (Michael Jenkinson), DART in Christmas is Here Again (Roger DeLaurier), Oliver in As You Like It (Don Stewart) Other: Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Edgar in King Lear (Rollin Swan), Prince in Cinderella (California Theatre Center), Courfeyrac in Les Miserables (Shaun Evans) “Big thank you to his wonderful wife and family for being so supportive. God is good!”
Scott is excited to return home to Ashland and to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre this summer. He had the privilege of working with Valerie Rachelle at The Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre last summer. Val directed Scott in his roles as Captain Andy in Show Boat and the Grandfather in Ragtime. Scott also played Mr. Archdale in Porgy and Bess. This will be Scott’s sixth show at OCT. Previous shows include; A Christmas Carol, It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play, The Wizard of Panto Land, and Ali Baba. Thank you for supporting live theatre!
Suzanne is so happy to be performing at the Cabaret once more, and to have the chance to be directed by Roger DeLaurier. She has performed in shows at the Cabaret since 1989, including Dames at Sea and Fascinatin’ Rhythm, (with John Stadelman) and Pump Boys and Dinettes (with Gretchen Rumbaugh)…now reunited onstage! Many thanks to Jim Giancarlo; Val and Rick for continuing to honor Jim’s legacy so brilliantly with their vision and drive; Craig Hudson for creating magical worlds within this building for so many years; and to John Leistner, for his steadfast love.
Anastasia recently made her debut with Utah Festival Opera as Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, where she also covered Sarah (Ragtime) and Clara (Porgy and Bess). She placed first in The Michael Ballam International Opera Competition, and later received the Giovane Talento Prometente award in the Concorso Internazionale Musica “Cappuccilli-Patané-Resphighi” competition in Alessandria, Italy. She completed a performer diploma and master’s degree in vocal performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she performed the roles of Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Noémiein Massenet’s Cendrillon.
Billy is happy to be returning to the Cabaret and lovely Ashland. Audiences will remember him from Chicago, 9 to 5, and Dames at Sea. He has performed at many regional theaters across the country including PCPA, The Great American Melodrama, Theatre at the Center/Chicago, Royal Palm Theatre, The Old Schoolhouse Theatre, Circa 21 Playhouse, and Actor’s Guild of Lexington, among others. He has also toured Europe and Israel with The Broadway Musical Company. Billy studied dance and theatre at the North Carolina School of the Arts, NYU and The University of Kentucky. Enjoy the show!
Kyle is making his Oregon Cabaret theatrical debut. He is a current student at Southern Oregon University here in beautiful Ashland, OR. SOU credits include Rafe in Energy Costs, Antipholis of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors, Clark in The Resistable Rise of Arturo Vi, and most recently Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher. Kyle sends “a special thanks to Mom and Dad, Jackie Apodaca, Valerie Rachelle, and Galloway Stevens.”
Grace is thrilled to be understudying at OCT! She has most recently been seen in CTP’s productions of The Snow Queen and Jaques Brel is Alive and Living in Paris. She has also been seen in Chess at Ashland Contemporary Theater, Camelot Theatre’s La Cage Aux Folles, Sweet Charity, and as Laurie in Oklahoma. She has trained in voice at Willamette University, Southern Oregon University, and Camelot Theatre Conservatory in her teen years. In addition to performing in theater, she loves to perform and compete in classical opera.
Payne! is excited to make his debut at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. Most recently Payne! has been seen in Camelot Theatre’s Sweet Charity and Ghost: The Musical and in Randall Theatre’s A Chorus Line and White Christmas. Payne! has also served as Thanks for the Memories’ season choreographer in 2015 choreographing Rent, Music Man, and the Christmas variety show.
Leah is thrilled to be returning to OCT as a new resident of Ashland! She has been seen here as Belinda in Noises Off and Fraulein Kost/Fritzie in Cabaret. Leah previously resided in Oceano, CA where she appeared onstage and as choreographer at The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville. Credits at TGAM include: Frankenstein’s Bride, Across the River, Trudy and the Beast and many more! Other credits: Legally Blonde, West Side Story, Ragtime and the U.S. Premiere of Nicola McCartney’s Lifeboat all at PCPA Theatrefest. Leah received her BFA in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island. Much love to her amazing family and friends!
“Those visiting Ashland to catch as many of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s offerings are missing a real treat if they do not also sample the fare at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre — both the food and especially the stage shows. Currently, The Drowsy Chaperone is the perfect, sure-fire pleaser for the first-timer or the annual returnee to Ashland. It is definitely going to “take you into another world.”