Abby Walburn performs with Spencer Spaulding, above,  in a dress rehearsal Tuesday for the Madison Consolidated High School production of the “Drowsy Chaperone.” Below, Reagan Maginn, left, and Noah Miller prepare for the upcoming show. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Abby Walburn performs with Spencer Spaulding, above, in a dress rehearsal Tuesday for the Madison Consolidated High School production of the “Drowsy Chaperone.” Below, Reagan Maginn, left, and Noah Miller prepare for the upcoming show. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
A play and a musical both come to life this weekend at Madison Consolidated High School's Opal E. Sherman Auditorium.

"The Drowsy Chaperone" centers on "The Man in Chair" who is feeling down and afraid to leave his own apartment. He passes the time by putting on a record of his favorite musical comedy, "The Drowsy Chaperone." The fictional 1920s style musical plays out inside the man's living room.

It's sort of a nod to the old fashioned musical," Aaron Kelsey, Madison's drama teacher, said. "So, it's more modern material, it's got an edge to some of the dialogue but the songs are very old Broadway sounding songs."

"It's sort of a valentine to theater," Kelsey said.

Kelsey said that the man never got to see the play in real life, so what's happening on stage is how he always imagined it would look on Broadway. The man also interjects information about the characters future during the play.

It's a big, over-the-top musical that makes fun of the 1920s and how ridiculous musicals can be, Kelsey said.

"It's all about having fun and escaping for an hour and a half," he said. "But escapism and fun are what going to see a play is about anyway."

"The Drowsy Chaperone" won a Tony award in 2006. It's a more modern play that Kelsey says he likes to mix in between the school's classic play productions.

"It's one that my students liked," he said. "But, it's not the most well known play. It's a PG play, but it's still a little more edgy than some of the other things we do, like our next play 'The Sound of Music.'"

Showtimes are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.



Cast: Clark Collier as the Man in Chair, Abby Walburn as Mrs. Tottendale, Spencer Spaulding as Underling, Sam McIlvain as Robert Matin, Trey Jones as George, Noah Miller as Feldzieg, Kayla Cieslinski as Kitty, Max McGee as Gangster 1, Austin Brady as Gangster 2, Reagan Maginn as Aldolpho, Danielle Grady, Janet Van De Graaff, Mandy Lyons as the Drowsy Chaperone, Alex Acosta as Trix the Aviatrix and Nate Suter as the Superintendent.

Ensemble: Ryan Hammond, Dakota Phillips, Cole Callahan, Nate Suter, Phil Bornstein, Britt Copeland, Tate Turner, Kelli Hostettler, Megan Mullen Chloe Turner, Alex Acosta, Hannah Miller, Karrington True, Katie Spencer and Gillian Watkins

Crew: Derek Hughes, Hannah Koerner and Lynze Smith.