VocalEye’s Community Access Program

As part of our growing Community Access Program, VocalEye is partnering with the Arts Umbrella to make their presentation of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE more accessible to people with vision loss.

On Tuesday, May 17 at 7 pm at the Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street on Granville Island, VocalEye users will receive a half-price ticket rate of $10, priority seating, Theatre Buddies and a Touch Tour after the show. Running time is 90 minutes with no intermission. This performance will NOT be described. Tickets may be purchased online (and you can reserve a Theatre Buddy there, too).

The Perfect Broadway Musical – New York Magazine

The Drowsy Chaperone is a Canadian success story that debuted in 1998 at The Rivoli in Toronto and opened on Broadway ten years ago, on May 1, 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, and Japan, as well as two North American tours.

The show begins with a Man in a Chair, alone in his dingy apartment. He puts on his favourite record, the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical: The Drowsy Chaperone. The music begins and the story comes to life as the characters fill his transformed apartment: two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a ditzy chorus gal, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and a tipsy chaperone.

This performance is part of Arts Umbrella’s Expressions Festival featuring their Musical Theatre Troupe.

Directed by Andy Toth (who played Edna in Hairspray and Brian in Avenue Q)



About Arts Umbrella

Arts Umbrella is a not-for-profit centre for arts education for young people, reaching thousands of children and youth annually through tuition-based programming, outreach programs and school performances. With innovative instruction in dance, theatre, music and visual and media arts, Arts Umbrella caters to kids of all artistic interests and skill levels–from pre-school to advanced pre-professional training. Arts Umbrella is committed to making arts education accessible, especially for children and youth in underserved neighbourhoods. Many students access Arts Umbrella through bursaries and outreach programs offered free of charge.

What is the Arts Umbrella Pre-Professional Theatre Training Program?

The Arts Umbrella Pre-Professional Theatre Training Program consists of the Musical Theatre Troupe, the Junior Theatre Troupe, the Senior Theatre Troupe, the Laboratory Theatre Troupe as well as the Young Directors Program. Each offers rigorous year-long training for aspiring actors/directors to sharpen their vocal, movement and theatrical skills through teamwork, discipline, creative input and cooperation. Students will work with industry professionals throughout the year, preparing them to continue on into post-secondary training, or into the workplace. Many past students of this program have enrolled in post-secondary theatre programs or are now working as professional actors across the continent.

Musical Theatre Troupe

Students work with professional musical theatre artists and gain valuable experience through intensive training in ensemble and solo performance; build and polish their audition repertoire; make the connection between singing, dance and storytelling for themselves and their audiences; develop their actor’s voice while learning in-depth singing, dance and acting skills and techniques. Students rehearse and mount a full length Musical as a part of the Expressions Festival at the Waterfront Theatre in May. Past productions include: “Bring It On” (2015),“Little Women” (2014), “Pippin” (2013), “Lucky Stiff” (2012).