With less than 2 weeks to go till curtain we grab a quick catchup with 3 of our Drowsy cast members to find out about the show, rehearsals and a bit more about their lives outside of the Drowsy Chaperone.
You all lead busy lives outside of the world of Drowsy. Tell us a little more about what you do?
Zoe: I am studying Primary Education at Strathclyde university, and so volunteer with various charities including Sense Scotland on play days. I work at an Italian restaurant and try and go to dance classes, so I tend to keep a little
Jennifer: I work in the Pathology Laboratory at the QEUH as an Assistant Practitioner and i'm currently working on a registration portfolio so I can get a promotion! I have a very large and supportive family and friends that always love coming to the GMT shows! I love dancing and attend Dance Glasgow regularly for a variety of classes. I am huge fan of travelling even though i am terrified of flying (ironic considering my character) and I've been to Nigeria and Fiji on volunteer projects!
Catherine: I am currently studying an HNC in musical theatre at NCL. In my spare time I like to go to the theatre and I like to travel.
Have you worked with GMT before or will this be a new experience for you?
Zoe: This will be my 5th performance with GMT. I first joined in 2013 during "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and met the vast majority of my. current cast mates! I have lived in various places since then (Edinburgh, Nottinghamshire, and Virginia) and so have participated in a concert, On The Town,
and Guys & Dolls, in which I played Adelaide!
Jennifer: I joined GMT last year my first show being Guys and Dolls and I fell in love with the company. Since then I have been involved in GMT concert number 5 where i was a performer as well as a co host. I was also lucky enough to be part of Sweeney Todd and now The Drowsy Chaperone!
Catherine: No this is my first GMT production which I am very excited about.
What tempted you to audition for Drowsy Chaperone?
Zoe: I was unable to do Sweeney Todd and as GMT has been so fun to perform with in the past I thought why not?! A lot of my old friends were also auditioning, and so I thought it would be a lovely opportunity to force my company upon them twice a week for 2 and a half months solid!
Jennifer: The absolutely amazing characters and songs and of course just working with the company again. The production team are so enthusiastic and its extremely encouraging to make you want to perform in this fun show!
Catherine: I had watched an amateur groups performance of The Drowsy Chaperone online, prior to my audition for the show, and thought it was a really entertaining and comedic musical which I’d like to be a part of.
Tell us a bit about your character in Drowsy Chaperone?
Zoe: Mrs Tottendale is a lovely old
dear. She kept numerous diaries throughout her life which could make for a very scandalous period comedy-Drama series. but unfortunately she has not only forgotten where she kept them, she has forgotten the secrets they contain too! In fact she’s forgotten what we were talking about right now...
Jennifer: My principle character is Trix the Aviatrix a strong female aviator. She appears at the start of the show and you don't know why she is there and then she appears at the end of the show and saves the day! I also double in the ensemble as a maid, a reporter and a monkey! This is perfect for me as everyone knows how much i love a costume change!
Catherine: I am joining Jennifer as part of the small ensemble therefore through the show I am a maid, a reporter interviewing Janet Van DeGraff, a monkey and a dancer.
What are you most looking forward to about Drowsy Chaperone Show Week?
Zoe: It is my birthday during the show week, and so I am looking forward to being showered with gifts and gratitude all week by my friends and fans!
Jennifer: This is my first GMT show where i have been a principle character and i am so excited! I love the thrill of show week!
Catherine: Having my friends and family all there to support me and hearing how they all enjoyed the performance.
The Drowsy Chaperone will run at the Brian Cox Studio @ The Scottish Youth Theatre from 8th to 12th May with performances at 8pm (additional saturday matinee at 3pm). Tickets are available through the Glasgow Music Theatre Box Office, via cast members or through firstname.lastname@example.org