Summer Production – The Drowsy Chaperone!

The Carnegie Players is bringing a new and exciting change for Community Theater to the Rensselaer area this summer.  Auditions for this event will be held in April and the show will be on stage a month earlier than in the past; and produced in a different venue!

The Carnegie Players wish to announce that THE DROWSY CHAPERONE will be produced on June 27, 28 and 29, 2019, in Room 207, the RCHS Lecture Hall.  More exciting details in a bit. The show is an American musical set in a comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a musical theatre fan who as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage in his apartment and silliness ensues.

The Drowsy Chaperone debuted in 1998 in Toronto and opened on Broadway in 2006. The show was nominated for multiple Broadway and London theatre awards, winning five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. The show has had major productions in Toronto, Los Angeles, New

York, London, Melbourne and Japan, as well as two North American tours. For the cast, we are looking for 14 featured roles and room for a great sized chorus.  Actors with dance skills will be featured.  A variety of singers needed for silly titles of songs such as I Do, I Do In The Sky or Love Is Always Lovely In The End or Toledo Surprise and Cold Feets, adding to the ridiculous story line, full of laughter and parody, sure to amuse the crowds. Any level of experience is welcome to audition!

Auditions will be held on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the RCHS Lecture Hall.  Please enter RCHS via the north entrance door #8.  Come prepared to sing a song that showcases your vocal range; either from THE DROWSY CHAPERONE or your own selection.  Piano accompaniment will be available.  No one is pre-cast in this show.  If you are singing from a pre-recorded media, please bring your own equipment. You may download in advance two forms at:   or Facebook at: The Carnegie Players of Rensselaer.  The Audition Form and Media Release Form should be filled out and turned in at auditions. These forms will also be available each night at auditions. Please bring a small picture of yourself to attach to the Audition Form.  We do ask that all who audition be at least a mature 12 – 14-year old, and above.

Off-site auditions will be available again this year for college youth or anyone out of town during auditions.   Please turn to our website or Facebook page listed above, for further details.  Off-site auditions should be submitted no later than Sunday, April 28, 2019.

The Carnegie Players are pleased to welcome Angela Marcum as Director.  Angela is joined this year by Music Director Janice Malchow, Conductor/Vocal Coach Kevin Norman and Choreographer  Allisandra Potts-Kummer.

Angela Marcum (Director) hails from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with her BFA in theatre with emphasis on directing and playwriting. She recently finished her master’s degree in theatre studies at Regent University Virginia Beach, Virginia. Angela has directed and performed with

many professional theatre companies including Chicago Performing Arts Center, Station Theatre, Stone Soup Theatre, Virginia Theatre, Holy Cross School and Parkland College Theatre. Angela was assistant director and dramaturg to Karen Lund of Taproot Theatre in Seattle at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. She was the artistic director of Bright Lights Theatre Company and is currently a company member of the Station Theatre, CUTC, and Twin City Squared Theatres. Angela has taught drama/speech and music since the late 80’s, at many schools in the mid-west and Chicagoland area including head drama teacher for the Summer Cultural Arts Workshops in Oak Park, Il.  Angela was also a director for the Illinois Summer Musical Theatre Program at the University of Illinois. Angela was the drama and speech teacher at Judah Christian School, serving on the IESA Speech Advisory Committee for the state of Illinois while also serving as a judge for Illinois State Theatre Festival. A few years ago, Angela was hired by the University of Illinois School of Social Work to teach theatre and music in inner city Chicago at the Simpson School. Before directing, Angela was known for her performances in favorite roles such as Maria in West Side Story, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Josephine in HMS Pinafore and one of her favorites, Mona in the musical Chicago. Past credits also include being a 1985 soloist with the Greater Chicago Chorale which toured Europe and was filmed as a documentary by NBC. Angela has done radio commercials, film and television, most notably an educational date rape film for the University of Illinois and a Mike Trippiedi film. Angela is married to Geoff Brewster, former Director of Instructional Technology at Saint Joseph’s College. They have four grown children and a grandson named Bear. Most recently, Angela was the guest director at Saint Joseph’s College for the 2016 fall play,Lend Me A Tenor which had great success.

Angela is scheduled to work in Seattle this coming fall at the professional theatre company, Taproot Theatre, and direct at a college in Georgia, Spring 2020. Angela is excited to direct for The Carnegie players and serve in her community.

Janice (Hopkins) Malchow (Music Director) a home town girl, is our Music Director and accompanist for The Drowsy Chaperone, having graduated from RCHS in 19??.  Janice was a great addition to our staff last summer with ANNIE GET YOUR GUN.  Janice studied Music Performance and Music Education at the University of Evansville on a music scholarship. She taught K – 12 Music Education for 16 years at the North White School corporation.  Janice had worked with our prior Director Jon Clevenger at North White for 8 years on 10 productions.  She is a retired school administrator from the Lake Central School Corporation.

Kevin Norman (Music Coordinator/Conductor) returns this year to Carnegie as a “tall, tall man!” In a more official capacity, Kevin is excited to serve as Music Coordinator and Conductor for this year’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone.”  A graduate of Purdue University, Kevin sang with the Purdue Varsity Glee Club during his tenure and utilizes many of the same principles experienced through the Varsity Glee Club in his work with Carnegie – attention to detail, a commitment to excellence, and great music!  Look for the “tall, tall man” and you’ll find him conducting the orchestra.  He won’t be too difficult to find!

Allisandra Potts-Kummer (Choreographer) is a Senior at Marian University, with a double-major in Biology and Public Health, and is on the Marian Dance Team.  She has helped choreograph several songs in Carnegie productions through the years, along with and as well as has her twin Adreanna.  Several members of the Potts family (including their mom April), have graced the Carnegie stage through the 26 seasons. Allisandra will graduate from Marian University in May with a B.S in Biology, and B.A. in Public Health.  She will be attending Graduate School this fall to obtain her Master’s in Public Health.  She also added her “MRS.” to her name last summer while a star in our production of Annie Get Your Gun.

Rehearsals will begin May 6 and will run three nights per week in May at the First Christian Church in Rensselaer.  A detailed May rehearsal schedule will be forthcoming. Commencing June 6, rehearsals will begin in the RCHS Lecture Hall, Room 207, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights and also a Saturday afternoon OR  a Sunday afternoon (not both) rehearsal each June weekend until the opening night of the production.  A detailed schedule will be forthcoming.

If you are interested in helping behind the scenes with sound and lighting, set construction, costumes, make-up, hair, advertising and promotion or any other aspect of the show, please come to auditions and leave us your contact information, or send an email  If you have any questions, please call Ron Jordan at 866-3212 or email

Become a “friend” on Facebook, if you are not so already.  Please “like”, Share and invite. Mark your calendar now to experience this fun and entertaining show, June 27, 28 and 29, 2019.

Please see a synopsis of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE after the Off-site audition information.


Off-Site Audition Information

If you cannot attend the auditions and wish to send a video, please record yourself singing the first verse of a song of your choice.  Please choose a song that showcases your vocal range and dance skills.

Please make sure your audition is no longer than two minutes.  State your name, age and which part you wish to audition for before proceeding with the audition.  Two forms should also be sent: The Audition Form and Media Release Form at the time you submit your video.  These forms are available at: or Facebook: The Carnegie Players of Rensselaer.   Also, please include a phone number that you can be contacted on April 29 and 30, 2019.  Submissions will close on April 28, 2019.  We must have your audition video and forms by this date.  You will receive an email confirmation of your video submission.  You may only submit if you are outside of Jasper County during the nights of audition.   Please submit your video to:

If you have difficulty sending the audition video, please contact  Katelyn Herre at: or 219-964-8428


Who would have thought that a skit originally written as a wedding present would, with a little shaping and molding, make its way to Broadway?  That is exactly what has happened with fun-packed Broadway transfer The Drowsy Chaperone. It is a show about a man’s love for musicals, and the musical he loves the most.

The Drowsy Chaperone is silly fun. Its plot is not a difficult one to get to grips with: a man is feeling down, so he puts on his favorite musical theatre record, the entirely fictitious 1928 comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. In doing so, the musical comes to life on stage and, while the slightly inane love story is played out, the man (Man In Chair as he is known) – talks the audience through his favorite parts.

The ensemble cast has license to play up to pantomimic stereotypes, aping the golden age musicals that this show’s writers so adored, and they do so with comic abandon. Not only are they playing characters, but they’re playing actors playing characters.

Even the story of fictitious musical The Drowsy Chaperone has enough within it to bring a smile to the face. Yet even among all the silliness, there is enough here to draw you into the show and make you care. Every so often, the characters in The Drowsy Chaperone pull you into their world and into their love story. More often, it is Man In Chair who draws affection, either through his unbridled, though often defended, love for the musical, or through the sadness that is occasionally spotted behind his eyes.

Melancholy, though, is not what this show is about. Like the musical it is based around, it is about raising the spirits. The audience will leave with a smile on their face.

Mark your calendars now.  Become a part of The Carnegie Players production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE; either on stage as an actor, behind the scenes as an assistant, a techy or a guest in our audience.

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