Vincentian Academy to perform 'The Drowsy Chaperone' - North Journal

Vincentian Academy to perform ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Friday, February 14, 2020 | 11:00 PM

Vincentian Academy in Ross Township will be presenting the Broadway musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-22, 2 p.m. Feb. 23 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and 29.

The show will be held at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center at 3579 Masonic Way, Pittsburgh.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is a musical comedy, written by Don McKellar, set in the 1920s, according to Vincentian Academy musical director Carissa Zozos.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” has a cast of 18, but overall there are 60 students involved whether in the cast, stage crew or student orchestra. All grades are part of the show from freshmen to seniors, Zozos said.

This is her first year directing at Vincentian though she has provided for musical direction at Providence Heights Alpha School in McCandless, too.

“The kids have been really open to have me as a new director,” said Zozos.

Rileigh Very is a senior at Vincentian who is playing lead female character Janet Van De Graaff. She said her character is a bit “show-offy” and likes that she’s giving up her dreams for someone she loves.

Very, 17, has played in the Vincentian musicals for the past four years. This one has a lot of fun, jazzy dance numbers in it that she enjoys, she said.

The McCandless resident said Vincentian is a great school because it’s very supportive of its theater program. She said they put as much emphasis on theater and arts as sports.

“We’re like a family. We have a great time and put together a good show,” said Very, who plans to study theater after she graduates.

The approximately two-hour, Tony-award-winning show is “not your typical musical,” said Zozos, of Bellevue. Zozos describes it as a “musical within a musical.”

There’s lots of dancing including their choreographer teaching tap to first-timers, she said. And it’s just fun to watch.

“We’ve been rehearsing since October and I’m still laughing at the show,” she said.

A link to purchase tickets is available through or at Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Tickets to evening shows are $12 and the matinee is $10.