July 23, 2012
The Drowsy Chaperone  
Granbury High School theater arts students are getting a head start with summer rehearsals for the fall production The Drowsy Chaperone.
The entertaining story is about a musical theater fan who plays his favorite cast album on his home turntable – only to find the musical bursting to life in his living room.
Based on the success of last fall’s production Little Shop of Horrors – which garnered several nominations in Dallas Summer Musicals’ first annual DSM High School Music Theater Awards – GHS theater arts teacher Phil Groeschel wanted to start early in order to provide students with plenty of rehearsal time prior to performances, which are slated for early November.
Starring are Blake Bergeman and Natalie Willingham, with Hailey Williams in the title role.
Other cast members are Cody Bridges, Preston Chapman, Hailey Hart, Kyle Mayes, Nick Mayes, Dakota Medlin, Tori Townsend, Cody Vasquez, Chase Whittet, and Izzy Woods.
The ensemble also includes Mandy Brenning, Baylee Davis, Kirsten Mathis, Kaitlyn Meinershagen, Gaby Munoz, Rachael Perriello, Joel Reid, Brennan Ross, and Nick Sandelin. Some are freshmen at Crossland Ninth Grade Center.
Groeschel is assisted with musical direction by GHS choir director Greg Doss and with choreography by Stowaways director Brittany Freeman. Bailey Youngs is serving as student stage manager.
Pictured above is Natalie Willingham (center) with the cast and ensemble during rehearsals, which began in early July.