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The Drowsy Chaperone Did Not Disappoint!

March 31, 2019
By Dr. Enrique Garcia

Spring Musical was Amazing!

Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.

Well, after watching Savio’s Spring Musical, I gotta say, “Sorry, Mr. Shakespeare, but our Eagle thespians on the opening night of The Drowsy Chaperone were no mere players

Let me tell you, the Drowsy Chaperone was anything but; drowsy, that is! From the Lady in the Chair’s opening monologue through the multi-couple wedding in Rio finale and every silly song  (e.g. “As We Stumble Along”), witty wordplay, and situational gag with the comedic timing of a finely-tuned Who’s on First routine in between (i.e. Gangster #1 and Gangster #2), The Drowsy Chaperone transported the audience to a world of make-believe so magically fantastic that the audience probably started wondering if they’d had one too many of Underling’s “iced waters”—inside joke for all of you who attended the play!

I can honestly say that, and this is no hyperbole, watching our Eagles perform The Drowsy  Chaperone reminded me not only why I love theater so much but also why l love high school productions even more!

It was amazing to witness the students I see and talk to every day transformed into larger-than-life personas that are often either spot on for the kid’s personality (i.e. Aldolpho) or are such a 180-degree departure from the student actor that I'm floored when I watch the performance (i.e. Janet Van De Graaff).

At the same time, I must admit, I am not the biggest fan of musicals—I blame The Sound of Music! In fact, growing up, my response to pretty much any song and dance number in a movie or Disney cartoon were a major eye-roll and scoff of disappointment—that somewhat changed after watching Grease and Little Shop of Horrors and jamming out to the Jungle Book’s “The Bear Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You”.

But I gotta tell ya’, our students’ performances of the song-and-dance routines in The Drowsy Chaperon—by the way, the choreography was student-created—were incredible! Bottom line, our kids can sing! And dance! Sure, Mrs. Mink started out the evening saying Savio students aren’t dancers, but my goodness the dance numbers were great! Not one of the actors had cold feets when it came to the dance numbers—inside joke again! And let’s not forget the set! Loved it! Have to admit, though, the plane and the refrigerator from which characters kept coming in and out stole the staging show for me! As did the skates and blindfold bit! Gotta give props to the props! Ha! In closing, for me, the Fall production of Harvey set the bar fairly high with respect to Savio theater experiences, and I came into The Drowsy Chaperone with high expectations.

Now that I’ve had the chance to experience this Spring’s musical, I can honestly say, The Drowsy Chaperone did not disappoint!

I hope you had the opportunity to enjoy the Spring Musical! And my sincerest congratulations thanks go out to the students and adults who the production of The Drowsy Chaperone a reality!

Bravo, Savio! Bravo!

Blessings!

Dr. Garcia