Live Theatre, Concerts & Events


May 21st 2015, 8:00pm
May 22nd 2015, 8:00pm
May 23rd 2015, 8:00pm
May 24th 2015, 2:00pm
May 28th 2015, 8:00pm
May 29th 2015, 8:00pm
May 30th 2015, 8:00pm
May 31st 2015, 2:00pm

Tickets: 2 for 1 Opening Night only. On May 21, buy a regular price ticket at the door ($27, cash only) and get a 2nd ticket free. Offer subject to availability-first come, first served.

The Drowsy Chaperone

Music & Lyrics by Greg Morrison and Lisa Lambert – Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

Directed by C.Lee Bates

Hit musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone opens May 21st!

What do a debonair bridegroom, a harried producer, a Latin Lothario and a glamorous showgirl have in common? They are just four of the thirteen outrageous characters in the musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone, premiering Thursday, May 21st at the Studio Theatre.

“Drowsy” is the brainchild of Toronto writers and composers Don McKellar, Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, who created a spoof of old musicals for the stag party of their theatre friends Bob Martin and Janet van de Graaf. Things really started happening for this great show when it was presented at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Soon it was picked up and produced by Mirvish in Toronto, where it was seen by a New York producer, and eventually brought to Broadway. Ultimately, the show was nominated for multiple Broadway and London theatre awards, winning five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards.

The Perth production of The Drowsy Chaperone is the Studio Theatre’s much anticipated “annual” musical for 2015, following the incredible success of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2013) and Little Women (2014). The show’s Artistic Director C.Lee Bates selects musicals based on several key criteria, the most important of which is what she believes Perth-area audiences will embrace.

“Perth is a sophisticated community in terms of music appreciation and enjoyment,” says Bates. “There is a huge well of musical talent here, and Perth audiences appreciate a wide range of musical genres.”

The Drowsy Chaperone is part homage, part parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s jazz era. The story concerns a middle-aged musical theatre fan, sitting alone in his room playing a record of his favorite musical, the fictional 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens to this rare recording, the characters appear in his dingy apartment, and the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, the story, and the actors.

Don’t miss this fantastically funny musical treat, directed by C. Lee Bates, with music & Lyrics by Greg Morrison and Lisa Lambert; book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.

The Drowsy Chaperone opens May 21st for eight performances: May 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, & 30 at 8 pm, and May 24 & 31 at 2 pm. Regular tickets are $25 (cash) at The Book Nook, 60 Gore St. E.; Tickets Please, 39 Foster St. (613-485-6434;; credit cards accepted, a convenience fee applies) and Shadowfax, 67 Foster St. (613-267-6817;; credit cards accepted, a convenience fee applies). Tickets are $27 at the door, and students with ID pay just $10 at the door on show nights.

Remember, tickets are 2 for 1 at the door, Thursday, May 21st only!