|Service with a Smile: Backstage with Drowsy Chaperone servants|
(L to R) Madeleine Bien, Beth Egan De Guise, and Melissa Palka
Getting the most out of life, in work and in play, is important to Beth Egan De Guise. That’s why playing multiple roles as an ensemble member in the Farmington Players production of The Drowsy Chaperone gives Beth great joy: “I love playing ensemble, because I get to play a number of roles. In this show, I get to be a servant, a reporter, an aviatrix, and part of the Bride's Lament.”
Beth says the main theme of Drowsy is to “live while you can. Being in a show is like that. It is a lot of work, but you get to work with really fun people and bring a show to life. There are lights and sound and costumes and sets that bring this vision to the stage. This show is so fun and uplifting, so lighthearted and full of life, I think audiences will leave happy!”
Beth’s advice to the audience is to “keep your eye on the gangsters, and of course, the Man in the Chair,” who serves as narrator. Beth says, “the commentary from the Man really makes the show.” Her favorite line of his is: “Whatever you do, don't pay attention to the lyrics!” Beth has been paying attention to Drowsy for several years, having seen previous performances at Birmingham Village Players, Dearborn Players Guild and Troy High School. She says, “It is definitely worth seeing more than once!”
Beth is a long-time Barn member who was thrilled to be cast in Drowsy: “This cast has truly been a delight to work with. Everyone is so nice, and I have a wonderful time getting to know everyone better. Also, everyone is working so hard to make this a truly memorable show for the audiences. I hope that people really have a great time with it!”
Beth is originally from Hershey, PA and went to college in Fort Worth, TX, before settling in Bloomfield, MI. In addition to theatre, she volunteers with All About Animals Rescue, is heavily involved in her church, and ballroom dance with her husband. By day, she is a computer programmer for a digital marketing company.
The Drowsy Chaperone has 3 remaining performances at the Farmington Players Barn Theater on May 16, 17, and 18. The show is proudly sponsored by Tru-Vista Wealth Advisors. Tickets are available online at farmingtonplayers.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Barn box office at 248-553-2955.