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Broadway Performers Direct Saddle River Day School's 'The Drowsy Chaperone'

The Saddle River Day School presents: "The Drowsy Chaperone" March 4-6.
The Saddle River Day School presents: "The Drowsy Chaperone" March 4-6. Photo Credit: Submitted

SADDLE RIVER, N.J.– Broadway performers Eric Sciotto and David Eggers have teamed up to co-direct and co-choreograph “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Saddle River Day School.

“The two of us bring a lot of experience and are really happy to work with the students and pass that on,” Sciotto told Daily Voice. “We’re a team.”

Sixteen SRDS students will appear in the ensemble piece, which will have three shows: 7 p.m. on March 4 and 5 and 2 p.m. on March 6.

“The roles are distributed evenly and everyone has some bright moments,” said Sciotto, a current cast member in “Something Rotten” on 44th Street in Manhattan.

The Drowsy Chaperone is a parody of the American musical comedy of the 1920s, SRDS Musical Director and Producer Jacki Moro said.

"The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan as he plays the record of his favorite musical: the (fictional) 1928 hit 'The Drowsy Chaperone," she added.

The show starts with “The Man in the Chair” – as he’s written in the script – who “leads us through the evening,” Sciotto said. “He’s our narrator.”

The story comes to life in “The Man in the Chair’s” apartment, in “madcap mayhem 1920s style,” he said. “It’s a pretty riotous musical comedy."

The audience can expect “brightness, joy and laughter,” Sciotto said. “Plain old fun. That’s the whole point.”

“It’s a great show for audiences of all ages," he added.

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