Last updated 1:51PM ET
August 21, 2017
Prairie Region News
Prairie Region News
FMCT's Drowsy Chaperone
(Prairie Public) - It's exciting for FM audiences to see new works, especially those with Tony awards in their credits. The Drowsy Chaperone has its' regional premiere at the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre this week, running through Sunday. This musical comedy about musical comedy features a talented cast and delightful costumes by Shelly Hurt-Geist.
The production opens with a Man in Chair' character serving as narrator for the show that takes us through the story line and music of his favorite 1928 musical called The Drowsy Chaperone. This musical he is living through is filled with classic stock characters, from the New York Broadway producer and his dumb-blonde' type girlfriend, two thugs who don't want the leading actress to get married and give up the stage, the overly-romantic over-the-top lover, the ing nue and her drowsy (or tipsy?) chaperone, and more. These characters sing and dance their way through the plot in the apartment of the Man in Chair, aptly and humorously played by Mark Seeba. Especially when he joins in the musical numbers , Mr. Seeba gently and sincerely shows us the timid homebody who reveals increasing details of his own sad life as the musical plays out.
The musical cast features lovely singing from many, in particular Kellie Pifer, Adam Harfield, Charles Newman, Kendrick Pifer and Katherine Paynter. Nicely played were the two thug roles by Keith Schweigert and Darcy Brandenburg, and a fun tap number by Drew Lausch brings a bright moment to the show. FMCT's The Drowsy Chaperone boasts a strong cast, costumes and pit. Although the set for this show is designed as a proscenium, the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre contains a thrust stage that offers the opportunity for interesting choreography, but is unfortunately not used in this production.
It was wonderful to hear a live pit accompanying the production, under the able direction of Jo Marie Fike. Sadly, the members of the pit are not listed in the program, but deserve credit for a job well done.
Congratulations to the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre for creating the regional premiere of The Drowsy Chaperone. Nice to see our area theatres bringing newer works to the stage!

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