The Drowsy Chaperone at CEHS

Welcome back to CEHS Theatre!

Come join the Theatre Department of Cape Elizabeth High School as they present the joyous, fizzy frolic that is The Drowsy Chaperone. A parody of the American musical comedies of the 1920s, the story follows "The Man In the Chair,” an antisocial yet lonely fan of Broadway, who invites us to listen while he plays a rare recording of his all-time favorite musical. As he sets the needle on the record, the show comes to life onstage, while the Man In the Chair offers his hilarious and critical thoughts on the play, the actors, and the world of musical comedy in general.

The production team includes 26 students in grades 9-12 onstage, a pit band of 8 students led by Music Director Joanne Lee, and a tech crew numbering over 40, including students of the CEHS Technical Theatre class, guided by Technical Director Stephen Price. For some of these students, this will be their first production experience since 2019 and it’s a delight to see them back at work. They are resilient, energetic, and ready to go! 

Director Christine Marshall, Choreographer Ray Dumont, Set Designers Caitlin and Leigh Wold, and Costume Design Assistant Michael Donovan round out the creative team. 

Winner of five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards, The Drowsy Chaperone is an absolute love letter to the American Theatre. With singing and dancing flappers, gangsters, movie stars and many, many monkeys (yes, monkeys!) you will not want to miss this fast-paced, madcap romp!

Performances are Thursday through Sunday, November 18 - 21. Evening performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday are at 7 pm, with matinee performances Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm. Tickets are $15/Adults, $5/Students and Seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance online at

NOTE: CEHS will be seating a reduced house to comply with COVID-19 protocols. Masks must be worn by all audience members. For more information, please visit or email