Friday, December 27, 2013

Casting: Naples Players announce cast for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

Here's the cast for the Naples Players production of "The Drowsy Chaperone." Debi Guthery told us back in October that she wanted to play the title role - and she got it.

Guthery will re-team with several members of the completely sold-out 2012 spring musical "Hello, Dolly!"  Elizabeth Marcantonio will play Janet, along with semi-professional actor Jim Heffernan as the "Man in Chair." Other faces from "Dolly" returning as part of the ensemble include Jake Hanson, Joyce Austin, Gaston Edmond, Jacob Hartman, Joe Loiacono, Megan Ruhl and Paula Mercer.

The same creative team from "Dolly!" "Producers" and "Les Miserables" returns. Dallas Dunnagan will direct, with choreography by Dawn Lebrecht Fornara and musical direction by Charles Fornara.

"The Drowsy Chaperone" runs March 5 - April 5, 2014 at the Naples Players. Tickets are $40. Call (239) 263-7990 or

Complete press release below:

The Naples Players Cast The Drowsy Chaperone

NAPLES, FL- The Naples Players have cast The Drowsy Chaperone to be performed March 5 through April 5, 2014.  The show will be directed by Dallas Dunnagan, choreographed by Dawn Lebrecht Fornara and musical direction by Charles Fornara.

    JOYCE AUSTIN            Trix
    KAT EBAUGH                Kitty       
    GASTON EDMOND            Gangster #2
    JASON EUGENIDES            Aldolpho
    JAMES FLANNERY            Robert
    CAROL FOX                Tottendale
    DEBI GUTHERY            The Chaperone
    JAKE HANSON            George
    JIM HEFFERNAN            Man in Chair
    JOE LOIACONO            Superintendent
    MATT O’HARE                Feldzieg
    MICHAEL TROOP            Underling
    JOE ZERBO                Gangster #1   
    MAGGIE BOSWELL            Ensemble
    EMILY DAVIES                Ensemble
    JACOB HARTMAN            Ensemble
    MEGAN RUHL                Ensemble
    PAULA MERCER            Ensemble
    JAYSON LABOY            Ensemble

          Winner of 5 Tony Awards, this delightful musical confection begins when a die-hard musical fanatic tries to ease his blues by playing his favorite 1920’s cast album of The Drowsy Chaperone. The show soon bursts to life in his living room telling the story of a Broadway starlet who wants to leave it all behind for love. This show-within-a-show is complete with comic vaudeville gangsters, mistaken identities, rousing anthems, dream sequences and whole lot of spit-takes resulting in a riotous parody of 1920’s screwball comedy.
          The show will be performed Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $40 for adults and $10 for students 21 and under, and can be purchased at the box office, by calling 239.263.7990 with credit card information, or by visiting Sugden Community Theatre is located at 701 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples. 

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