When a reclusive theatre superfan plays his favorite cast album, musical mayhem ensues. The winner of five Tony Awards, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE plays in the Jeffers Theatre at HCT December 9th-17th.
Having ruled the seas and the underworld, Kay Award winner Lucy Weaver returns to rule the skies as Trix the Aviatrix in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE.
Hickory native Weaver can trace her family's theatre ties all the way back to her grandparents' support of The Hickory Little Theater, which later evolved into today's Hickory Community Theatre. Weaver studied Music Therapy and Vocal Performance at UNC Asheville before returning to Hickory during the pandemic. Weaver's HCT stage debut came when she was in middle school, as Dizzy in THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS, and was followed by performances in WINNIE THE POOH and WILLY WONKA JR. During the pandemic she appeared as Snow White in HCT's virtual production of DISENCHANTED. Shen then returned to the stage as an Ensemble member in EVITA and SOMETHING ROTTEN. Weaver next appeared as Grace O'Malley in THE PIRATE QUEEN, for which she received a Kay Award for Outstanding Leading Female. She most recently appeared as Hecate in MACBETH.
"I love classic Broadway," Weaver says about the appeal of auditioning for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. "Also, my friends talked a lot about how much they enjoy the show." She relishes the opportunity to sing what she considers "one of the best songs in the show."
Weaver cites the "opportunities to learn new trades and talents" as part of her affinity for HCT. When not performing or volunteering at the theatre, she "enjoys teaching the youngens and hopes to use her abilities to help" the community.
Performances of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE are Fridays and Saturdays, December 9th through 17th at 7:30 PM; Sunday, December 11th at 2:30 PM; and, Thursday, December 15th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $16 for adults, $10 for youth and students.
Tickets are available online at hickorytheatre.org, or by phone at 828-328-2283. The theatre box office is open from 12-5 PM Wednesday through Friday, or one half-hour before a performance.
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is rated PG.
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is produced in association with Shurtape. The Hickory Community Theatre’s 74th season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive, SunBelt Xpress and Frye Regional Medical Center. HCT is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.
(Photo: John Koval)