Dream Team of Singers, Dancers and Actors in ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Delaware All-State Theatre promises to deliver lots of laughs.


The concept is simple: Take the best actors from schools across the state, then assemble a dream team to stage a production of a beloved musical, just as the best athletes would play an all-star game. That’s Delaware All-State Theatre. The group of more than 30 talented singers, dancers and actors will present the multi-Tony Award-winning musical comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone” in the Laird Performing Arts Center at the Tatnall School for two weekends beginning June 20. “Chaperone” pays tribute to the Jazz-age shows of the 1920s, by transporting audiences into a dazzling fantasy and lifting our spirits in times of sadness. A rare combination of unprecedented originality and blinding talent, “Chaperone” boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all of our hearts: to be entertained. “We are fortunate to have so many über talented student performers participate in DAST,” says Jeffrey Santoro, founder and director of Delaware All-State Theatre. “With this show, having comedic timing is crucial for a successful production. At each rehearsal I love watching our performers laugh and thoroughly enjoy the performances of their fellow cast-mates. Let’s just say that they deliver comedy like seasoned pros. With its big dance numbers—including a rousing tap routine—and larger-than-life musical songs, this is not a show to be missed!”

Students being featured in principal roles include:

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  • Duncan Smith as Man in Chair
  • Kayla Saunders as Janet
  • Ben Walker as Robert
  • Christopher Malafronti as Mr. Feldzieg
  • Amanda DeFilippis as Kitty
  • Keelin Reilly as George
  • Jordan McMillan as Drowsy
  • Julian Manjerico as Aldolpho
  • Jameson May as Gangster 1
  • Declan Bado as Gangster 2
  • Kayla Brock as Trix
  • Kathleen Collins as Mrs. Tottendale (1st weekend)
  • Claire Caverly as Mrs. Tottendale (2nd weekend)
  • Christopher Cooke as Underling

A gifted ensemble rounds out the cast. Schools represented include Archmere Academy, Cab Calloway School for the Arts, Elkton High, Homeschool, Kennett High, Mount Pleasant High, Padua Academy, Red Lion Christian Academy, Salesianum, Saint Mark’s High, The Sanford School, William Penn High and Wilmington Friends School. It’s a show not to be missed. For tickets and information, visit www.DASTonline.org.

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