The Drowsy Chaperone

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks 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 intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.

The Drowsy Chaperone will have two casts with approximately 40 people per cast!

Join the wait list below!

Basic tuition to participate in an AWT Mainstage Musical is $650.

If the $650 tuition is not within your budget, please consider one of our Pay What You Can options ($600 and $550 for this program). Additionally, if you would like to spread your payments out, you can choose from a variety of payment options. Our ability to offer this program with affordable options is contingent on those with the ability to pay full tuition choosing that option. If we do not have enough full priced tuition participants, this may result in cancelling the program.

Discount types can not be combined. Tuition does NOT cover a print out of your script/score/sheet music or your costume. AWT has a small budget to cover some specific costume needs. From there, we work with participants to piece together costumes sourced from their closets, thrift stores and the good will of the community.  All tuition payments are final and non-refundable for any reason.

Why does AWT charge tuition? Where does that money go? (Read our “What’s in a Budget?” blog post to find out!)

Below is the rehearsal and performance schedule for Drowsy Chaperone! Click on the dot or details below each date for more information! There are two potential performance schedules at this time. Scroll down below the rehearsal calendar to see both options.

Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday/Thursday nights, as well as many Saturdays and Sundays. One cast will be called Tuesday evenings and weekends, and one cast will be called Thursday evenings and weekends. Some early weekend rehearsals will call some people from both casts together. Later weekend rehearsals will be separated by cast. Resources will be made available so you can catch up on anything you miss! During the second week of rehearsals, you will receive a detailed schedule that specifies exactly what dates and times you will be needed.

Tech, Dress rehearsals, and Performances will take place March 11 – March 24 at the Theater at the 14th St Y.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Prior to Launch Day, participants will have the opportunity to list rehearsal conflicts. We have a flexible attendance policy, but we do feel that if participants have to miss significantly more than 5 rehearsals it may be harder to catch up and may impact participant experience. Please keep this guideline in mind when deciding to register for this program! If participants do miss significantly more than 5 rehearsals, it will be up to the creative team to decide if that impacts their role assignment or which numbers they can safely perform on stage.

If you do have absences, resources will be made available so you can catch up on anything you miss outside of rehearsal time. Once rehearsals begin, it is up to the discretion of the creative team whether or not a participant’s role must be reassigned due to missed rehearsals.

NOTE: the schedule below is subject to change.

April 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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  • Spring '24 Mainstage Musical Launch Day Pt 1
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  • Spring '24 Mainstage Musical Launch Day Pt 2
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  • Spring '24 Mainstage Musical Rehearsal | Tuesday Cast
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  • Spring '24 Mainstage Musical Rehearsal | Thursday Cast
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  • Spring '24 Mainstage Musical Rehearsal | Both Casts
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  • Spring '24 Mainstage Musical Rehearsal | Both Casts
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  • Spring '24 Mainstage Musical Rehearsal | Tuesday Cast
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  • Spring '24 Mainstage Musical Rehearsal | Thursday Cast
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  • Spring '24 Mainstage Musical Rehearsal | Both Casts
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  • Spring '24 Mainstage Musical Rehearsal | Both Casts
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  • Spring '24 Mainstage Musical Rehearsal | Thursday Cast
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  • Spring '24 Mainstage Musical Rehearsal | Tuesday Cast
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  • Spring '24 Mainstage Musical Rehearsal | Both Casts
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  • Spring '24 Mainstage Musical Rehearsal | Tuesday Cast

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Prior to Launch Day, participants will have the opportunity to list rehearsal conflicts. We have a flexible attendance policy, but we do feel that if participants have to miss significantly more than 5 rehearsals it may be harder to catch up and may impact participant experience. Please keep this guideline in mind when deciding to register for this program! If participants do miss significantly more than 5 rehearsals, it will be up to the creative team to decide if that impacts their role assignment or which numbers they can safely perform on stage.

If you do have absences, resources will be made available so you can catch up on anything you miss outside of rehearsal time. Once rehearsals begin, it is up to the discretion of the creative team whether or not a participant’s role must be reassigned due to missed rehearsals.

We would like to minimize participant absences during tech and show week. When filling out the interest list, you will be asked to confirm if you are available for the whole tech/show time for at least one cast for any shows you are interested in. If interest in a program is greater than the number of spots available, participants who are able to attend tech/dress/shows entirely for one cast may be prioritized during the registration process than those with absences.

For more information, please check out our blog post “How Many Absences are Too Many?”

COVID safety protocols: Masks are always welcome! Depending on the number of people in the room and/or the size of the room, there may be some rehearsals where masks are required.

Performance policy: Dress rehearsals and performances will all be mask optional. We will no longer be requiring proof of a negative test to perform unmasked, but it is imperative that any performers who are feeling any symptoms stay home.

Audience members may still be asked to be masked during the performance.

If a venue we are using for rehearsals or performances has a stricter policy, we will defer to them. Our policy on safety protocols may shift over time as the situation changes. 

Shadow Stage Managers: Erika Allen, Paige Maier

Rehearsals

The below locations are our most frequently used rehearsal locations, though other locations may also be used. Specific locations will be communicated to you at a later date.

Sirovich Center
331 E 12th St

Molloy Studios
50 Broadway (4th Floor)

The 14th St Y
344 E 14th St

Performances

The Theater at the 14th St Y
344 E 14th St
New York, NY 10003

If the $650 tuition is not within your budget, please consider one of our Pay What You Can options ($600 and $550 for this program). We are also offering financial assistance for even lower tuition rates (apply here until December 12). If you are applying for financial assistance, you should not join the registration list.

Financial assistance for this program is currently closed. All applicants have received an email from us on either Tuesday, December 19 or Wednesday December 20.

Our Casting Policy

The way we approach casting at AWT is very different from what is common in traditional theater. We take any notion of specific “types” and basically throw them out the window, so that any individual, regardless of how they identify or are perceived in the world, can see themselves playing any part. Additionally, it’s important to us that we not cast any one person in lead or principal roles too frequently or consecutively, or favor returning participants over people we don’t know as well.

On launch day, it’s more important that you have fun, make friends, and show your personality to the creative team, than it is to show how high you can belt. Regardless of how you are cast this will be an extremely enriching and rewarding experience. If you have your heart set on a specific part or are seeking stardom, we encourage you to consider different goals for this program. Otherwise, this might not be the theatre company for you – and that’s ok!

For even more details on our casting policy, check out our “Casting Demystified” blog post!

Registration

At this time, registration for The Drowsy Chaperone has sold out. If you would like to receive an email if spots become available at any point between now and Launch Day, please fill out the waitlist below!

Financial assistance for this program is currently closed. All applicants have received an email from us on either Tuesday, December 19 or Wednesday December 20.

For more information on our registration process, please check out our blog posts “How Does Registration Work Anyway?” and “Registration FAQs.”

If you are someone who may need some additional support throughout the season, or if you are registering on behalf of someone who may need additional support, please reach out to us at info@afterworktheater.org so that we can speak with you about how to best provide that support!

Registration is not transferrable unless you are registering on behalf of another individual and you let us know that information within two days of registering into a program (please email us at info@afterworktheater.org).

AfterWork Theater Cancellation Policy for Musicals, Plays, Sing Outs, Bootcamps and Concerts

Any participant who withdraws from an AfterWork Theater Musical, Play, Sing Out, Dance Out, Bootcamp or Concert (Collectively called a Performance Program) less than one week prior to when Launch Day begins is not entitled to a refund or credit, and is responsible for the full tuition amount regardless of how many monthly payments have incurred at the time of withdrawal. Returning participants who have previously participated in a Performance Program who withdraw more than one week prior to the beginning of Launch Day may receive a tuition credit (minus a $20 processing fee) that can be used toward a future Performance Program or AWT You Class no more than one calendar year from Launch Day of the initial program purchased. New participants who withdraw more than one week prior to the beginning of Launch Day may receive a full refund and are not responsible for any future payments on their payment plan. To withdraw from a program, we must receive notice via an email to info@afterworktheater.org prior to the deadline.

If a program is cancelled due to extenuating circumstances outside the control of AfterWork Theater, there will be no refunds or credits issued, and the value of your unused tuition will be considered a donation to AWT for which you will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

“Try it out” Cancellation Policy Exception

New to AfterWork Theater? We know signing up for new experiences can be scary. That’s why we are offering New Participants a 100% money back guarantee if they attend Launch Day Orientation and choose to withdraw from the program before the end of orientation. By the end of your orientation, if you decide this experience isn’t for you then you’ve made zero commitments, financial or otherwise. New participant attendees who withdraw after their Launch Day orientation is complete – including later that evening or the following day – are not eligible for a refund of any kind and will not be able to repurpose tuition towards a future program.

PLEASE NOTE: A “New Participant” is defined as someone who has never participated in an AWT Musical, Play, Sing Out, Dance Out, Bootcamp or Concert program at the time that Launch Day begins, and who has never participated in a previous Launch Day or used our “Try it Out” policy previously. A New Participant seeking to withdraw from the program must do so via an email to info@afterworktheater.org prior to the completion of their Launch Day orientation. Once Launch Day orientation is over, they are no longer entitled to a refund for any reason. Participants who withdraw after Launch Day orientation are responsible for the full tuition amount regardless of how many monthly payments have incurred at the time of withdrawal.

If a program is cancelled due to extenuating circumstances outside the control of AfterWork Theater, there will be no refunds or credits issued, and the value of your unused tuition will be considered a donation to AWT for which you will receive a receipt for tax purposes.