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Hudson native Vought a lead in 'The Drowsy Chaperone'

Corissa Vought, with her co-lead Chase Gilbertson of Ellsworth. Submitted photo

Submitted by Spring Valley Stagehands

SPRING VALLEY — The Spring Valley Stagehands are excited to bring "The Drowsy Chaperone" to its Spring Valley Theatre stage in April, and to have Hudson resident and Baldwin-Woodville High School music teacher Corissa Vought in the female lead role in the production.

"The Drowsy Chaperone," directed by Ethan Hayes, is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, introverted musical theatre fan. With the house lights down, he appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone."

The show comes to life onstage as the man in the chair looks on and wryly comments on the music, story and actors. As the show goes on, more of his personal life is revealed through his musings about the show. The show's premise is that it's the wedding day of oil tycoon Robert Martin and Broadway star Janet Van De Graaff (Vought), who plans to give up her career for married life. But can Janet really pull herself away from the spotlights to marry Robert?

Those in attendance include aging hostess Mrs. Tottendale; her loyal employee Underling; Robert's best man, George; Broadway producer Feldzieg, who is hoping to persuade Janet to forgo marriage and continue starring in Feldzieg's Follies; ditzy flapper Kitty, who hopes to take Janet's place in the Follies; two gangsters disguised as pastry chefs; a self-proclaimed romancer/Latin lover Aldolpho; Janet's alcoholic Chaperone, who is supposed to keep her away from Robert until the wedding; Trix, an aviatrix, and ensemble members who play house maids, socialites, monkeys and other characters. This is Vought's first experience on the Stagehands' stage and her role of Janet van de Graaf requires dancing (including cartwheels and splits), singing, twirling plates and batons, and a host of other challenging activities.

Performance dates are 7 p.m. April 12-14, 17 and 19-21, with matinee dates at 2 p.m. April 15 and 22. All performances will be held at the Spring Valley Theatre. Tickets can be reserved online at www.svstagehands.org.