By JULIANNA RUIZ
LIFE@START STAFF WRITER
Having gone to my fair share of musicals and loving them thoroughly, I had high expectations for Start’s first try in four years. Not only did it meet my expectations, but surprised me in more ways than one.
Start’s rendition of The Drowsy Chaperone was fantastic and just as silly as was advertised. The Drowsy Chaperone is centered around a man telling the audience about his favorite musical through the soundtrack of his old records. The show beautifully comes to life, as he watches nostalgically from stage left. It’s a silly musical about a wedding or weddings and the hijinks that occur with a quickly planned ceremony.
Everything about this show draws you in. From the beginning, with Justin Doughty (as Man in Chair), who was too adorable for his own good in this show and to the very end with Mikhia Byrd (as Drowsy), who acted brilliantly all the way through to when the curtain closed.
Other standouts were Tre Hanks and Rory McLin, who harmonized beautifully together and Caleb Whaley as Aldolpho, who made the show colorful and funny. But, as for the best bit of the show, I only have two words, Kaitie Serros. Kaitie completely blew me away, seeing the small shy girl around school, I never could have guessed she had such a powerful voice and such a great presence on stage.
Last, a lot of credit has to be given to Start’s orchestra and their great conductor, Rob Stiermen. The music was amazing and definitely fit with the 1920’s vibe of the show.
The Drowsy Chaperone was a great performance and I’m glad I was given the task of of reviewing it. Start’s Drama Club has done well once again.