Exit 82: A Toms River Theatre Company Presents The Drowsy Chaperone

After giving you a sneek peak into their rehearsals for this one of a kind production, Luner on Theatre is bringing you a preview into the workings of an upcoming major production opening tomorrow! We now welcome back the Exit 82 Theatre Company as we here at Luner on Theatre proudly preview their Summer 2011 production of The Drowsy Chaperone.

Exit 82: A Toms River Theatre Company is a theatre company founded in 2008 by Billy Cardone, Keely Davenport, Greg Johnson and Kristen Johnson. These four set out to provide artistic entertainment and inspire others in the community around them through their productions at Exit 82. This theatre company was a first for Toms River and the entire area. Two of their previous productions include On The Town in the summer of 2009 and Thoroughly Modern Millie in the summer of 2010.

But what exactly is The Drowsy Chaperone about? Exit 82 Theatre Company has released the follow statement about the production:

“The Drowsy Chaperone, a giddy homage to Jazz Age musicals, is filled with merriment, music, mayhem, mix-ups and a madcap wedding. Sitting alone in his drab apartment, feeling blue and wanting to lift his spirits, a die-hard musical theatre fan decides to listen to the cast album of his favorite musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. Dropping the needle onto his hi-fi, his imagination takes flight and the fictional musical magically bursts to life in his living room, complete with sparkling sets, glittering costumes and a colorful cast of hilarious characters. They play out a humorously twisted plot employing a shameless raft of theatrical devices including mistaken identity, spit takes, tap dancing, show-stoppers, flagrant upstaging and rousing anthems.”

The production, which consists of 24 cast members, is made up from people both locally and regionally. Envisioning the dream himself and truly creating The Drowsy Chaperone is Billy Cardone as Man in Chair. Prepared to throw in the towl as Janet Van de Graff is Kara Krichman who is interested in marrying oil tycoon Robert Martin played by Ken McGrawJoe Hausvater plays big time producer Feldzieg who is bullied around by two gangsters being played by Josh Tamburro and Nick Falzone. And playing the title character of it all is Jessica Murachanian as The Drowsy Chaperone.Also featured are Amy Laposa as Mrs. Tottendale, Jeese McCaig as Underling, Chris Shore as George, Kelsi Galya as Kitty, Vincent DiStefano as Adolpho, Jenna Bitow as Trix and Justin Rivera as The Super. The ensemble includes Lisa Adams, Steve Brandt, Carly Costentino, Sean Dickinson, Amanda Gallagher, Bridget Hughes, Greg Martins, Elizabeth Ritacco, Justin Rivera, Taylor Vaughn and Neal Zucker.

Director Sean Openshaw Works with the Cast

The productions creative team consists of many familiar and new faces for Exit 82. Directing and choreographing this production of enormous size is Sean Openshaw. The production is musically directed by Carol Lombardi. Sam Gassano is stage manager. Lexi Davenport is the assistant director while Adrianna Slomicz and Chris Hyrcenko work as assistant stage managers. An original scenic design will be created Greg Johnson with props created by Brianne Whitney. Katerina Slomicz and Jenny Neuhoff will design hair and make up for the production while Mike Marshowsky with T.M. Sound Inc. will sound design the production.

Luner on Theatre would like to wish everyone at Exit 82 the best for The Drowsy Chaperone however especially Keely Davenport, Billy Cardone, Jeese McCaig, Kara Krichman and Greg Martins who are all part of the Wagner College Theatre family!

You can and should go see The Drowsy Chaperone Opening tomorrow at Exit 82 Theatre Company! The production plays at the Toms River High School North Auditorium.  That is located on 1245 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, NJ 08753. Performances begin Wednesday Night and run through till Sunday Afternoon! Times for performances are Wednesday and Thursday night at 7:00 PMFriday and Saturday night at 8:00 PM and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM! 5 Chances to see this production that you do not want to miss! You can learn so much more about Exit 82 by clicking here to check out their official website! Thats all for now but be sure to check out Luner on Theatre for all of your theatre news and more as Summer 2011′s theatre celebration continues.

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