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An Actor's Studio Summer Camp Production



An Actor's Studio Summer Camp Production

Friday, June 23 at 6:00PM & 8:30PM
Saturday, June 24 at 2:00PM & 6:00PM
General Admission
$10 in advance
$12 at the door (pending availability)
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Content Warning: This show is most appropriate for ages 13 and up. Full content advisory is listed below

Run Time: Approximately 100 minutes (includes 15-minute intermission)

The Spartanburg Youth Theatre’s Actor's Studio camp presents The Drowsy Chaperone.


The man in a chair is feeling blue, and whenever he feels this way, he puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical The Drowsy Chaperone. Suddenly, The Drowsy Chaperone comes to life in his apartment as he watches on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an drowsy chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.

SYT's Actor's Studio camps are for rising 10th-12th graders. These camps teach advanced theatre techniques and provide essential training for young actors interested in pursuing a professional theatre career. Actors in this camp rehearse and produce a full-length musical in just 3 weeks.

Content Advisory


This show is most appropriate for ages 13 and up.


  • Demeaning language such as “Now this a familiar comic construct: a stupid woman and her long suffering companion”

  • Light bantering language such as, “Lamb’s an entree, you macaroon,” “Shut up,” “Backstabbing worm,” “scoundrel,” 

  • Uses of God such as, “God, I hate that”

  • Insinuating language in Janet’s song such as “I don’t want to be grabbed no more, touched no more, loved no more.”

  • Mentions of “making love” and “seducing”

  • Calling someone a name like “You poop” and “You Idiot”

  • Usage of the word “Pee”

  • Usage of the phrase “Pisses me off”

  • Many prayers and references to God/Lord in Heaven, usually in a humorous way

  • References to cocaine

  • References to spooning: “We spooned briefly, and then he proposed”

  • References to someone’s “sexual energy”

  • Dialogue including “Mature audiences are often too sophisticated to enjoy broad racial stereotypes on this stage, so we’ve banished them to Disney”

  • References to”Buddha”

  • Reference to Zoloft addictions

  • References to the definition of “gay” changing over the years

  • Dialogue like: “I need an accomplice, someone who’s gullible with loose morals, I need a, what do you call ‘em, European.”

  • Dialogue about finding Roman’s body five days later partially consumed by his poodles.

  • Many uses of sexual innuendo

  • References to global warming: “It’s global warming- we’re all doomed- anyway..”

  • References to kissing: “I am the king of romance so I kiss a lot”


Themes and Situations:

  • Wedding scenarios and banter

  • Alcohol and alcoholism, with use of lines and props like champagne, flasks, drinking, liquor, vodka, brandy, and lines alluding to Roman Bartelli drinking himself to death.

  • Strong themes of relational turmoil and relationships in general

  • Inferred sexuality and implications of sexuality

  • Strong theme of the love of musical theatre


Potential Scary Moments:

  • Lights will flash/turn off-and-on quickly

  • Two moments in the show take place in complete darkness (about 2 minutes or so for each moment).

Other Cautions/Advisories:

  • Bright flashlights will be used later on in the show

  • There may be set pieces around and in the audience seating areas

  • Actors will be conducting loud and busy dance numbers with many people on stage in a small space.

  • Audience members will be very close to the actors in a small space

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