Continues tonight: See what Shelton youth will be on stage tonight

Justin Zenchuk of Shelton and Casey Perruzzi of Stratford rehearse for “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Twenty-nine Shelton residents will perform in the Youth CONNection Players’ play opening this weekend, while nine residents are plating behind-the-scene roles in the production.

The Drowsy Chaperone, winner of five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards, will be performed five times from July 26 to Aug. 3 in the Shelton High School auditorium. This weekend’s show are at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27.

The play, which debuted on Broadway in 2006, has been described as “a ridiculously entertaining and insanely hilarious musical.”


“Man in Chair” role in play

Andrew Petersell and Kayla Giampaolo, both of Shelton, rehearse for the upcoming Youth CONNection Players production at the Shelton High auditorium.

In the play, to chase his blues away, a modern-day musical theater addict known simply as “Man in Chair” drops the needle on his favorite LP, the 1928 musical comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

When the record begins to play, the musical magically bursts to life in his apartment, telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married, her producer who sets out to sabotage the wedding, her chaperone, the debonair groom, her Latin lover and a pair of bumbling gangsters.


Buying tickets

Other performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3; plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Aug. 3.

Tickets are $20 adults and $10 students. For details or tickets, call 203-225-6079 or go to


Shelton residents involved

Shelton residents playing main roles are:

Tom Ball, right, of Shelton performs at a ‘Drowsy Chaperone’ rehearsal with Scott Sheldon of Shelton looking on.

— Thomas Ball

— Casey Blohm

— Fiona Bryson

— John Corraro

— Kayla Giampaolo

— Stavros Koumbaros

— Bobby Henry

— Andrew Petersell

— Chelsea Rodrigues

— Scott Sheldon

— Justin Zenchuk


Ensemble members from Shelton are:

— Jake Anderson

— Melanie Byron

John Corraro of Shelton readies for his role in the show.

— Kayla Chuba

— Jenna DeLeo

— Bobby Henry

— Monica Holler

— Kayci Kekacs

— Alexandra Koumbaros

— Charlie O’Keefe

— Veronica Pleasant

— Nicole Romeos

— Braeden Sagehorn

— Alison Scalenghe

— Katherine Sedlock

— Anna Shannon

— Michael Tartaglia

— Katherine Twohill

— Tara Werner


Shelton crew members are:

— Jamie Rose Bukowski

— Tyler Cordes

— Grant Fevrier

— Adam Fox

— Eric Kocur

— Meghan Marini

— Michael Scarpa

— Briana Stockbridge


Also, Sara Wright of Shelton is assistant musical director.

The Youth CONNection Players was founded 30 years ago by Gary and Francesca Scarpa as a community theater group for high school and college students. Each summer, the group performs a musical.