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Riverside Secondary is the first Tri-City high school to hit the stage in two years

The Drowsy Chaperone will have 50 per cent audience capacity and assigned seating in the theatre of the Port Coquitlam school.
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High school theatre is back for public showings.

And the first Tri-City school to head to the stage is Riverside Secondary, which rolls The Drowsy Chaperone this weekend and next.

With provincial health orders easing, the Port Coquitlam school announced last week it would open its doors for ticket-holders — with a 50 per cent capacity in the theatre and assigned seating. Face masks are also required.

“When the restrictions began to shift, we decided to jump on the chance to bring audiences back before spring break,” said performing arts teachers Nicole Roberge and Laine Spicer, in a news release.

Using alternating casts, the fictional show is a parody of American musical comedy from the 1920s. It centres on a middle-aged man who plays the record of his favourite musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, and imagines it as it comes to life in his living room.

The one-act musical opened on Broadway in 2006 and won five Tony Awards.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Drowsy Chaperone will be River’s Edge first theatrical production before a live audience in two years.

It runs March 3–5 and March 8–10.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show.

For tickets at $15/$10, visit