November 12, 2012
Theatergoers were wowed during the Granbury High School production The Drowsy Chaperone on November 8 and 10-11, 2012.

The musical play is an entertaining story 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.

“I'm really proud of the group and the overall production,” commented GHS theater arts teacher Phil Groeschel. “A musical production is a triple threat: acting, singing, dancing.”

“What can be achieved in six week's rehearsal schedule for a play is not feasible for a musical theatre piece,” said Groeschel, who had students begin rehearsing in July to educate students about the correct preparation process. “My students will never look at musical theatre in the same way after their Drowsy experience. It's so gratifying to me as a teacher.”

Starring were Blake Bergeman and Natalie Willingham with Hailey Williams in the title role. Other cast members were Cody Bridges, David Broberg, Preston Chapman, Hailey Hart, Kyle Mayes, Nick Mayes, Dakota Medlin, Joel Reid, Nick Sandelin, Tori Townsend, Cody Vasquez, and Izzy Woods. The ensemble also included Mandy Brenning, Baylee Davis, Kirsten Mathis, Kaitlyn Meinershagen, Gabby Munoz, Rachael Perriello, and Brennan Ross.

Groeschel was assisted by Crossland theater director Krista Alcorn Holman with musical direction by GHS choir director Greg Doss and choreography by Stowaways director Brittany Freeman.

The production team was led by stage manager Bailey Youngs and assistant stage manager Valeri Zableckis. Set construction was completed by GHS technical theater students. The crew also included: assistant choreographers – Brooke Goodson and Katie Gunderson; running crew – Brittany Hargrove, Matthew Johnston, Luke Sandelin; lighting crew – William Black, Bryten otting, Logan Sasson, Whitney Shearon; sound crew – Joshua Carpenter, Austen Slatten, Jaylee Wells; and musical assistant – Caitlin Whitfill.

Parents, booster club members, and volunteers assisting were Jan Bergeman, Mary and David Guein, Mary Mullen, Ellen O’Toole, Micky Shearon, Trent Stowe, Missy Whittet, and Judy Willingham.

The play, which was presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, is based on music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.