"The Drowsy Chaperone" is anything but.

A musical stage show that won four Tonys on Broadway in 2006 hit New Milford High School this weekend as the latest venue for the talents of NMHS' student thespians.

The all-school musical marks the 30th on the resume of NMHS faculty member and music director Bob Keck. He first directed "Once Upon A Mattress" in 1982 and hasn't slowed his pace.

Among his collaborators are choreographer Debbie McGuire, in her 18th year; costume coordinator Cindy Tyler, in her 12th year; and producer Steve Donahue, guiding things backstage for an 11th season.

NMHS band director David Syzdek is making his all-school musical debut as pit orchestra conductor.

The show revolves around the obsession of one musical theatre fan, The Man In The Chair, portrayed by Brendan Nabozny, with a fictional show from the 1920s -- "The Drowsy Chaperone."

As he listens to the recording, the characters come to life in his apartment.

Also featured in the cast, in order of appearance, are Emily O'Connor as Mrs. Tottendale; Nicholas Ortiz as Underling, the butler; Dan Malkin as Robert Martin, the bridegroom; Ben Bayers as George, the best man; Ian Steiner as Feldzieg, the Broadway poroducer; Hannah Kole as chorus girl Kitty.

Also, Reid Tuomala and John Vazquez as gangsters; Ken Greiter as Aldolpho the Latin lothario; Brianna McNally as Janet Van deGraff, the bride; Jessica Bradley as the Drowsy Chaperone; Ana Vargas the Trix the Aviatrix; and Will Speede as the building superintendent.

The show opened Friday, March 18.

Evening performances will be presented March 19, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances will be given March 20 at 3 p.m. and March 26 at 2 p.m.

Reserved tickets are on sale at $10 at the NMHS box office, open after school from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and Monday through Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information or for tickets, call the box office at 860-350-6647 ext. 1552.

-- Norm Cummings