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

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

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:

— 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

— 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.