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Saratoga’s Home Made Theater Opens With Drowsy Chaperone

Homemade Theater's Drowsy Chaperone
Courtesy of Homemade Theater

One of our Upstate New York treasures is the Spa Little Theater, next to SPAC, in Saratoga Springs, New York. Host to the Home Made Theater, the 2013-2014 season has kicked off with a rolicking production of The Drowsy Chaperone.

We recently visited with Dawn Oesch, the Director of The Drowsy Chaperone.

Q: For people who’ve never attended a show at Spa Little Theater, why
would you recommend this venue for an entertaining night out?

A: There is something magical about the Spa Little Theater. I don’t know if it is the drive down the Avenue of the Pines  or entering the classic theater that has history for so many years.  Whatever it is I hope it never changes. It’s my favorite place to work.

Q: In your opinion, why will people like The Drowsy Chaperone?

A: There is something for everyone in this show.  First of all it is HYSTERICAL!  You will laugh very hard through lots of scenes.  The music is beautiful and the dancing is wonderful.

Q: What is the best scene/song in the show?

A: How do I narrow that down?  I love them all!  I guess I would say “Toledo Surprise.”  The entire cast is in this number, the dancing is very 1920’s and the costumes are gorgeous.  There is a clever little part to that number too, but I don’t want to spoil it.

Q: Which cast member has been in theater the longest, and what shows
will we know them from?

A: At HMT I would say it is JJ Buechner (Man in Chair.) He has been all over the Capital District most recently in OF MICE AND MEN (Lennie) at LAG and HAIRSPRAY (Edna)at SLOC.  We have done dozens of shows together and I couldn’t imagine working with anyone else.

Q: What do you think people will remember the most from this show?

A: I think everyone will remember the shop stopping numbers and the humorous songs/scenes.  Most of all they will remember what it is like to love the theater again.

The final showing of The Drowsy Chaperone happens this weekend, October 25-27, 2013. Click here for tickets or to learn about more Home Made Theater Shows at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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