Hale Centre Theatre: The Drowsy Chaperone 

Wednesday Oct. 6-Saturday Nov. 27 @ Hale Center Theatre

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Theater-in-the-round is a unique pleasure for an audience, but it can be a challenge for a venue like Hale Centre Theatre to produce shows created for the specific demands of a proscenium stage. The ways in which they continue to meet those challenges make for unique spins on hits like the regional premiere of Tony Award-winning The Drowsy Chaperone.

The fanciful tale finds a modern-day musical-theater fan transported by his recording of a fictional vintage production to 1928 Broadway, where a play-within-the-play (also called The Drowsy Chaperone) is on the Great White Way. The affectionate, escapist celebration/sendup of Jazz Age musicals features plenty of imaginative sets and costumes, but some of the surprising fun may come simply from seeing how the performers manage to enter and exit the circular stage. Lifted into the air? Disappearing through trap doors? Entering through pieces of furniture? Enjoy both a charming musical and all the technical prowess behind staging it.

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, 801-984-9000, Oct. 6-Nov. 27, Monday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinees 12:30 p.m. & 4 p.m., $15-$26. HaleCentreTheatre.org.

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