"The Drowsy Chaperone" made its Broadway debut in 2006, and won five Tony Awards. In the show, a contemporary musical-theater enthusiast invites the audience to listen to his favorite Broadway cast album: a silly 1920s romp that springs to life with the first notes that leave his record player.
The characters include a young starlet and her fiancé, an intoxicated chaperone, an aviatrix and other eccentric individuals.
Director Earl D. Weaver says the show pokes fun at the time period while it points out some of the outrageous, politically incorrect antics of the era.
"The show contains content that people may find offensive, but it's intentional," Weaver says. "It points out how we have evolved in the arts. Musicals from that era contained material that just isn't acceptable anymore."
Alex Bair, who plays the musical-theater enthusiast who narrates the show, says the most interesting thing about his character is "that he is so passionate about the recording of 'The Drowsy Chaperone.'"
"He starts off in a dark place in his life," Bair says. "Listening to the record and letting the show come to life is how he is really able to overcome that."
Each performance will feature a special guest star, including University of Central Florida officials, characters from past Theatre UCF productions, and community members. The box office has a list of guests and dates they will appear.
Theatre UCF will be partnering with students and faculty from Valencia College's Sign Language Interpretation program for the Saturday, Nov. 2, performance. Patrons wishing to sit near the interpreters should make the request when purchasing their tickets.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Oct. 17-19, 24-26 and Oct. 31-Nov. 2; 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 20 and 27.
WHERE: Theatre UCF on the University of Central Florida campus, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando
TICKETS: $20; $18 seniors; $10 students