Hickory – If your idea of the perfect holiday entertainment is a singing and dancing extravaganza, filled with slapstick comedy, then THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is the show for you. The Tony Award-winning musical opens this Friday at the Hickory Community Theatre and performances continue through December 17. Tickets are available online at hickorytheatre.org/box-office or by calling 828-328-2283.Kick Off Your Holiday Season

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE begins to take over his apartment as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Hailed by theatre critics as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.

Performances of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE are December 2 through 17, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm and Thursday, December 15 at 7:30pm.

Tickets for all performances are $16 for adults and $10 for youth and students. For tickets visit hickorytheatre.org or call the box office at 828-328-2283.

The HCT’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.a THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is produced by Shurtape Technologies, LLC.

PHOTO: J. David Ingle as “Man in Chair” in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. Performances begin this Friday, December 2 at the Hickory Community Theatre. For dates, times and tickets visit hickorytheatre.org or call the box office at 828-328-2283. Photo by Eric Seale.