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GNAG Community Theatre proudly presents The Drowsy Chaperone as part of our ongoing theatre education program.

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Golden Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre. Because of its many featured roles and accessible script, The Drowsy Chaperone will fit perfectly into any company’s season or school’s calendar.

Eleanor Crowder directs the staging. Lauren Saindon directs the music. Together, along with their incredible production team and talented community players, we present a show which will make more than your voice soar.

Interested in Auditioning? – Read the info, book a slot!

Thursday, August 31, 6:00 – 9:30 pm

Wednesday, September 6, 6:00 – 9:30 pm

Callbacks: Thursday, September 7, 6:00 – 9:30 pm

Please note, this is a theatre education program and as such there are registration fees for all players. Please contact us if you need financial assistance.

Please read all the following info about auditioning, rehearsal and production week. Book your audition by emailing Lauren@gnag.ca after you have read all the details.

The Drowsy Chaperone offers 

  • 1 very large central role ( The Man in the Chair) which is mostly an acting role with 2 songs. 
  • 12 character roles with lots of singing and acting. 
  • The chorus plays staff, reporters, crowds throughout the show. There are short feature bits for chorus members. 
  • There will also be a dedicated group of dancers.  

Adults auditioning will be considered for character and chorus roles. 

  • Learn a speech (maximum 90 seconds) from any play you enjoy. 
  • Prepare one verse and one chorus of a song in your vocal range. Bring sheet music with you. 
  • Be ready to improvise or read for script with another auditionee ( at random).
  • Please be sure to sign up for the dance audition if you would like to be part of the dance team.

Children/ youth (from age 8 and up) are invited to audition for the chorus. 

  • Our focus this year will be on building ensemble and dance skills for all youth.  
  • You will attend a staging class from 6.30 to 7.00 every rehearsal in fall term and then stay for the first part of full group rehearsal. 
  • Expect a commitment of 2 hours per week in fall term, then 3 hours per rehearsal in winter/spring, for possibly 6 hours per week. 
  • At the audition Sing Happy Birthday 
  • Be ready to improvise in action and with words in your audition group.


  • Be ready for a movement workshop where you will be asked to move in group and solo.


  • Fall: Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:30 pm Sept 19 – Dec 12
  • Winter and Spring: Tuesday and Wednesdays 6:30 to 9:30 pm  Tues, Jan 10 – Wed, Apr 5 (ex March Break)
  • Please check all show dates and 3 Sunday rehearsals to be sure you can commit to the schedule. 

Course fees will be released soon. 

Theatre Dates:
Sunday, Jan 14 –  Extra rehearsal

Sunday,  Feb 25 – Extra rehearsal

Production week dates: 

Tuesday, April 2 – Regular Rehearsal

Sunday, April 7 – Tech Dress 7PM

Monday, April 8 – OFF

Tuesday, April 9 – PREVIEW 7PM

Wednesday, April 10 – 7:00 PM SHOW

Thursday, April 11 – 7:00 PM SHOW

Friday, April 12 – 7:00 PM SHOW

Saturday,April 13 – 2:00 PM SHOW

Saturday, April 13 – 7:00 PM SHOW

Sunday, April 14 – 7:00 PM SHOW


April 9: 7 pm Preview
April 10 – 14: 7 pm
April 13: 2 pm

Tickets will be available mid-March.

Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Original Broadway production of the Drowsy Chaperone produced by Kevin McCullum, Roy Miller, Bob Boyett, Stephanie McClelland, Barbara Freitag and Jill Furman.

The Drowsy Chaperone is presented through the special arrangement with the Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance material are all supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com


August 31
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Glebe Community Centre
175 Third Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 2K2 Canada
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