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Seton Hill University Theatre Presents “The Drowsy Chaperone” November 3 to 11

The Seton Hill University Theatre and Dance Program will present “The Drowsy Chaperone,” music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, November 3 to 11 in the William Granger Ryan Theatre, Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg, Pa. Tickets are $16, with student and group rates available.  A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on November 3. There will be a talkback with the director and cast following the matinee performance on November 5. Call the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center Box Office for tickets at 724-552-2929 or purchase tickets online. 

Performances: November 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11: 8 p.m.; November 5: 2 p.m.

The Tony Award winning musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a delicious spoof of the light-hearted, zany musicals of the 1920s. A die-hard musical fan, called the Man in the Chair, plays the record of his favorite musical and brings the characters to life in the process. Featuring glamorous show people, millionaires, a drunk chaperone, two gangsters in disguise, a wedding, and plenty of tap dancing, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a delightful send up of the Jazz Age.

The Seton Hill student cast of “The Drowsy Chaperone” includes Nicole Castelli of Canonsburg, Pa.; Victorious Colleymore-Bey of Spring Valley, N.Y.; Joshua Daisley of Kittanning, Pa.; Ian Denham of Bunola, Pa.; Jena Grgurich of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Malcolm McGraw of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Barbara Lawson of Manassas, Va.; Gwen Little of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Elizabeth Miller of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Travis Miller of Greensburg, Pa.; Cameron Nickel of Bethel Park, Pa.; Azaria Oglesbay of Catonsville, Md.; Paige Overly of North Huntingdon, Pa.; Leah Prestogeorge of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Taylor Puc of North Huntingdon, Pa.; Adam Sarp of Latrobe, Pa.; Anna Strauser of Uniontown, Pa.; Riley Tate of Munhall, Pa; Hannah Taylor of Wexford, Pa; Noah Telford of Greensburg, Pa.; Robert Tramontina of South Park, Pa.; and Jacob Westwood of Irwin, Pa. 

The Seton Hill student technical staff includes Kathleen Adler of Springdale, Pa., scenic paint and props crew; Maddie Barnak of Wilkes Barre, Pa., scene shop crew; Zachary Beauchamp of Glassport, Pa., scene shop crew; Ashley Blazczak of Saxonburg, Pa., costume shop crew; Elena Bravo of Pittsburgh, Pa., costume shop crew; Brooke Caldwell of Cambridge Springs, Pa., scenic paint and props crew; Molly Carbone of Allentown, Pa., sound board operator for front of house, head shop carpenter and welder; Sara Como of South Park, Pa., scene shop crew; Aubree Daumit of Greensburg, Pa., staff and show electrician; Ian Denham of Bunola, Pa., scenic paint and props crew; Brittany Dilliott of Arnold, Pa., make-up manager and costume shop crew; Angela Emanuele of Greensburg, Pa., costume shop crew; Stacey Fils of Boardman, Ohio, spotlight operator and staff and show electrician; Jordan Gilbert of West Newton, Pa., scene shop crew and welder; Lauren Grasser of Johnstown, Pa., dresser and costume shop crew; Amelia Heastings of Bethel Park, Pa., properties manager; Kaitlin Hudak of Harrisburg, Pa., light board operator; Liam Johnston of New Kensington, Pa., scene shop crew; Jessica Joos of Pittsburgh, Pa., costume shop crew; Maureen Kailhofer of Shorewood, Wis., assistant master carpenter and scene shop crew; Hannah Kirschner of North East, Pa., stage manager; Maddie Kocur of Oakmont, Pa., staff and show electrician; Evan Kohnstam of Herndon, Va., scenic paint and props crew; Adrianna LaMantia of Blairsville, Pa., costume shop crew; Jessica Lami of Farmington, Conn., sound board operator for stage, scene shop crew and welder; Julie Lang of Pittsburgh, Pa., dresser and costume shop crew; Kristina Lindauer of North Versailles, Pa., run crew; Gwen Little of Mechanicsburg, Pa., costume shop crew; Colleen Malley of Trafford, Pa., wardrobe manager; Jessie Malone of Ruffsdale, Pa., scenic paint and props crew; Alexis Martin of Granville Summit, Pa., scenic paint and props crew; Jordan Mayers of New Park, Pa., scenic paint and props crew; Kaitlyn Mayers of New Park, Pa., scene shop crew; Anna McClain of Belle Vernon, Pa., scene shop crew and welder; Victoria Michaels of Pittsburgh, Pa., dresser; Beth Miller of Pittsburgh, Pa., costume shop crew;  Sydney Molter of Jeannette, Pa., costume shop crew; Elaine Montgomery of Trafford, Pa., scene shop crew; Kylie Mulnix of Tarrs, Pa., scenic paint and props crew; Breanna O’Brien of North Huntingdon, Pa., run crew and staff and show electrician; Azaria Oglesby of Catonsville, Md., costume shop crew; Paige Overly of North Huntingdon, Pa., costume shop crew; Rhiannon Owen of Greensburg, Pa., assistant to the music director and hair and make-up stylist; Halle Polechko of Harrison City, Pa., assistant stage manager; Brendan Reed of Drums, Pa., spotlight operator and scene shop crew; James Scharer of Greensburg, Pa., microphone technician and scene shop crew; Hanna Schilling of Bay Village, Ohio, scene shop crew; Nikolette Simpson of Charleroi, Pa, staff and show electrician; Erin Slagle of Charleroi, Pa., scene shop crew; Lyn Starr of Pittsburgh, Pa., staff and show electrician; Anna Strauser of Uniontown, Pa., staff and show electrician; Ashlynn Swauger of West Newton, Pa., assistant stage manager; Riley Tate of Munhall, Pa., scenic paint and props crew; Justin Taylor of Bronx, N.Y., scene shop crew; Noah Telford of Greensburg, Pa., scene shop crew; Robert Tramontina of South Park, Pa., staff and show electrician and scene shop crew; Jordyn Turner of Bethel Park, Pa., dresser; Trenae Waller of Laurel, Md., assistant set designer and scenic paint and props crew; Jacob Westwood of Irwin, Pa., scene shop crew; Shane Wiseman of Elizabeth, Pa., costume shop crew; and Noah Zaken of Pittsburgh, Pa., house management.

The Seton Hill Theatre and Dance production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” is directed by Robert C.T. Steele. C.T. is thrilled to return to the Seton Hill University Department of Theatre and Dance for this production of The Drowsy Chaperone.  Previously, he has directed The Hollow, Comedy Of Errors, and Cloud Nine for Seton Hill.  His directing and costume design work has also been seen at The Pittsburgh Playhouse Rep, The Pittsburgh Public Theater,The City Theatre Company, Quantum Theatre, Theatre Works in California, The Emlin Theatre in New York, The Merrimack Theatre in New Hampshire, Saint Michael’s Playhouse in Vermont, Unseam’d Shakespeare Company, Pittsburgh Children’s Festival, Open Stage Theatre, Prime Stage Theatre, The University of Pittsburgh Stages, CAPA High School, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival and Theatre at Hartwood.  

Professional artistic staff for the production includes Patricia Barker, costume shop manager; Ken Clothier, assistant professor of theatre, lighting design; Thomas K. Crowley, technical director and sound design; Joseph Domencic, assistant professor of musical theatre, music director; Karen Glass, assistant professor of theatre, set design and charge scenic artist; Susan O’Neill, instructor of theatre, costume director and designer; Erin Shrader, adjunct instructor of theatre, choreographer; and Michelle Walters, community arts program director, associate music director.

The Orchestra includes Joseph Domencic, conductor and piano; Michelle Walters, keyboard; Lisa Thackrah, music instructor, alto saxophone/clarinet; Annette Russell, community music instructor, trumpet; Colton Dietz, trombone; Julia Fitz, bass, and Michael Matteo, drums.

Venue Information: All Seton Hill Theatre performances are held in the William Granger Ryan Theatre in Seton Hill’s Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg, Pa.  The Performing Arts Center is a fully accessible and climate-controlled facility.  Parking is available in four nearby Greensburg parking areas:  the Bell Parking Garage on North Otterman Street (across the street from the Performing Arts Center), the Hellman-Ghrist lot on North Main Street, the Albert Grillo lot on Seton Hill Drive and the Wib Albright lot off West Otterman Street.  

Ticket Information:  Single admission tickets are $16.  Seton Hill students (with valid ID) can purchase tickets for $5.  Non-Seton Hill students (with a valid school ID) can purchase advance tickets for $13.  Students from any school can purchase rush tickets five minutes before curtain, subject to availability, for $5 (with valid school ID).  Groups of six or more can purchase tickets at a rate of $11 each with a reservation and advance payment. Order tickets online, by phone at 724-552-2929, or by mail at SHUPAC Theatre Box Office, Seton Hill University, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, Pa. 15601-1599.  Box Office Hours, by telephone: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended hours on performance days: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday.

Seton Hill University’s Performing Arts Center is 73,000 square feet of everything a performing arts major needs to move from student to professional. The Center houses two dedicated, flexible performance spaces, the Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall and the William Granger Ryan Theatre. The Center also includes a performance studio, new classrooms, rehearsal rooms and technical areas that include the best equipment for learning and performing, from Steinway pianos to the latest in lighting, sound, video and acoustics.  The Center is located in downtown Greensburg, putting it squarely in the middle of the city’s cultural district yet still only minutes from Seton Hill’s main hilltop campus.

 

If you are a member of the media and would like more information, contact Director of Media Relations Jennifer Reeger at jreeger@setonhill.edu, (724) 830-1069 (office) or (724) 433-9613 (cell). If you are not a member of the media, contact us here.