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High School Musical: The Drowsy Chaperone

Shawn Knight, Director
Shawn Knight, Director of the high school musical, offers a few reflections on "The Drowsy Chaperone."
The Drowsy Chaperone is an ideal musical for the moment we find ourselves in. We fell into it somewhat accidentally, not being able to secure streaming rights for our first choice. But I’m glad we did. At the show’s core, a Man in a Chair sits alone in his apartment, finding joy in listening to his favorite musical. As the characters spring to life before him, he visits those old friends. And who among us has not turned to art for entertainment, for connection, and even for company, in these isolating times?

I understand when journalistic lists place artists in an “unessential” column, but I also know how important art is to each and every one of us—how it entertains, how it teaches, how it keeps us healthy (mentally and emotionally), how it helps us feel less alone. While we could not be together for this year’s musical, I hope we can still celebrate the talents of this delightful cast and crew.  May we, like the Man in the Chair, find comfort, acceptance, and love in art!

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