2 years ago

25 July, 2016

Macquarie University

Organised by:
Macquarie Musical Society (MacMS)

About The Show

The Man in Chair seeking to cure his "non-specific sadness", listens to a recording of the fictional 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens to this rare recording, the characters appear in his dingy apartment, and it is transformed into an impressive Broadway set with sparkling furniture, backdrops, and glitzy costumes as Man in Chair provides a running commentary throughout the show.

The plot of the show-within-a-show centers on Janet Van De Graaff, a showgirl who plans to give up her career in order to marry an oil tycoon, Robert Martin. However, Janet is the star of "Feldzieg's Follies", and a lot of money is riding on her name to sell the show; and Feldzieg, her producer, is being threatened with bodily harm by two gangsters employed by his chief investor. Disguised as pastry chefs, these two pun-happy thugs threaten Feldzieg to stop the wedding, in order to ensure Janet's participation in the next production of Feldzieg's Follies. In order to save himself, Feldzieg enlists Aldolpho, a bumbling Latin Lothario, to seduce Janet and spoil her relationship with Robert. The ensuing plot incorporates mistaken identities, dream sequences, spit takes, a deus ex machina, an unflappable English butler, an absent-minded dowager, a ditzy chorine, a harried best man, and Janet's "Drowsy" Chaperone.

Production Team:
Director and Choreographer - Lauren Oxenham
Producer and Vocal Director - Erica Penollar
Band Director - Brendan Paul
Technical Director - Jack Goggin
Executive Producer - Steven O’Mara

Audition Info

Acting and Singing Auditions
Singing and acting auditions will be held in ten minutes slots beginning from 6:30pm on each audition night. You will need to sing the required vocal selection/s for the character you are auditioning for and prepare the relevant reading. Please note that vocal auditions are unaccompanied. If your chosen character calls for “Song of own choice” please prepare a song from, or in the style of, the Golden Age of Broadway.

Dance Auditions
If you are successful in the singing/acting audition you will be called back for a dance audition. The dance audition also begins at 6:30pm, please come warmed up and dressed appropriately. If you are unable to make the dance audition please let us know immediately to arrange something.

For further information and character breakdowns please download the audition pack:


Audition Bookings
10 minute timeslots will be allocated. To request audition materials and book an audition please email Erica at macmsdrowsy@gmail.com with your name, preferred audition date and time, and the role you’re auditioning for.

Singing/Acting - Monday July 25th and Tuesday July 26th
Dancing/Callbacks - Thursday July 28th

Please remember to download and fill out the audition form and bring along a current headshot.

Important Dates!

Starting Sunday July 31
Every Monday and Wednesday evening and weekends.

Performance Dates
All shows begin at 8pm with a cast call time of 6pm.

Friday 28th October
Saturday 29th October
Wednesday 2nd November
Thursday 3rd November
Friday 4th November
Saturday 5th November

Technical Week
Bump In - Sunday 23rd October
Dress Rehearsals – 24th to 27th October (inclusive)
Bump Out - Sunday 6th November