Central to perform The Drowsy Chaperone

Nathan Liewicki
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Published on November 27, 2013

Aurora Wolfe, playing the role of Janet van de Graaff, and Ethan Schultz, playing the role of Robert Martin, perform during the dress rehearsal for Central Collegiate's musical production The Drowsy Chaperone on Wednesday evening.

Published on November 27, 2013

Playing the role of Kitty, Hayley Henrickson poses on stage at the Mae Wilson Theatre during Central Collegiate's dress rehearsal for their musical production of The Drowsy Chaperone on Wednesday evening.

Published on November 27, 2013

Playing the role of Adolpho, Kane Fritzler sings on stage at the Mae Wilson Theatre during Central Collegiate's dress rehearsal for their musical production of The Drowsy Chaperone on Wednesday evening.

Published on November 27, 2013

Playing the role of the Man In Chair, Jory Litt-Jukes grins on stage at the Mae Wilson Theatre during Central Collegiate's dress rehearsal for their musical production of The Drowsy Chaperone on Wednesday evening.

Published on November 27, 2013

Central Collegiate students perform during the dress rehearsal for their musical production of The Drowsy Chaperone at the Mae Wilson Theatre on Wednesday evening.

Published on November 27, 2013

Gangster 1, Joel Litt-Jukes (centre), and Gangster 2, Jaylen Mikulak (right) sing on the Mae Wilson Theatre stage during Central Collegiate's dress rehearsal for their musical production of The Drowsy Chaperone on Wednesday evening, as Kitty, played by Hayley Henrickson, looks on.

Published on November 27, 2013

Daniel Holzen and Hayley Henrickson (left and right), playing the roles of Feldzieg and Kitty, pose on stage during the dress rehearsal of Central Collegiate's musical production The Drowsy Chaperone on Wednesday evening. 

Derek Porter wants to frame memories for Central Collegiate students involved in The Drowsy Chaperone.

“I just want the kids to have a meaningful experience,” said Porter.

The director of Central’s annual autumn musical production, Porter told the Times-Herald before Wednesday’s dress rehearsal that he was looking for something “fresh” that had not been performed in Moose Jaw.

One of Porter’s colleagues brought up The Drowsy Chaperone. Porter looked into it, thought it was appealing and decided he had the students that could fill the cast roles.

For three nights — Nov. 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. — the parody of 1920s American musical comedy will hit the stage at the Mae Wilson Theatre to showcase some of the most talented high school theatre performers in the city.

One of the performers is Aurora Wolfe.

The Grade 12 student is playing the role of Janet van de Graaff a glamorous showgirl who gives up her life on the stage to marry the man she loves.

It’s not Wolfe’s first role as a central character in one of Central’s musical productions. As a Grade 10 student she starred as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, and in Grade 11 she played Natalie and Ed in All Shook Up.

Like in previous years, however, Wolfe did not know what role in what production she was auditioning for.

“We audition and they place us in the role which best fits us,” said Wolfe. “So, I had no idea what the play even was until our parts were posted.”

That was not until late September.

Wolfe and her fellow cast members only had about two months to learn their lines singing and speaking before they hitting the stage Thursday for opening night.

“We rehearsed five days a week for about two months, so it’s enough time to be ready,” noted Wolfe. You’re constantly surrounded by the songs and all the lines, so it gets easier and easier as you go on.”

She noted that there are four songs she will be singing. Additionally, there are not many long box monologues, so dialogue will be quite back and forth, including a handful of jokes.

Wolfe said her favourite part of the production revolves around a poor man’s accent.

“I have a really interesting accent and it’s not intended to be good, and that’s probably my favourite part just because it’s so silly,” Wolfe noted. “It’s a bad French accent.”

Bad accent or not, Wolfe is looking forward to finally hitting the stage.

“I am so excited,” she said. “I’m not as nervous as I thought I would be, but it’s a pretty technical show. It’s really fun to run. It’s going to be different with a crowd all of the laughs and the pacing but we will get used to it real quick.

Porter also noted that having the students roughly 60 of which make up the cast and crew of the production in front of a live audience is what they need.

“They have been performing for the directors for six to seven weeks, but they need a live audience to share it with, and to react and respond and enjoy it,” said Porter. They need to be able to share it with people and seek the rewards.

“I want them to come out of this with a memory that is etched into their minds forever.”

Tickets are $15 and can still be purchased through www.showtix4u.com , by calling Central Collegiate at 306-693-4691, or at the box office within one hour of each show.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

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