Charley’s Aunt not to be Missed


Tom Smith

In just a few short days, the long-awaited all-school play will be performing in the Skip’s Black Box Theater. The play is Charley’s Aunt, a British comedic farce in three acts written by Brandon Thomas in 1892. The story centers on three college friends, Jack Chesney, Charley Wykeham, and Fancourt “Babbs” Babberley, who conspire to have Babbs impersonate Charley’s aunt. Jack and Charley are trying to court two young ladies, and they need a chaperone to meet with them, and “Aunt Lucia” seems the perfect lady (or man) for the job. The plot thickens with the arrival of the real aunt Lucia and the attempts of an elderly “gold digger” (played by Mitchell Schall ’23) to woo the fake aunt. Jack is played by Jack Shadden ’24, Charley is played by Cory Burke ’23, and the titular “Charley’s Aunt” is played by Daniel Sansone ’23.

As someone who’s been in nearly every Chaminade show for the past four year, I can confidently say this is one that you won’t want to miss. With fast-paced, witty dialogue and plot twists around every turn, it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat. Daniel Sansone plays the situation of the man in the lady’s dress brilliantly, as he tries to “act like a lady” when his character is very clearly a typical college boy. Overall, Charley’s Aunt is a witty, tongue-in-cheek story of mistaken identity, young love, and trying to soldier on in the most outrageous situations.

The show opens on Friday, December 10th, curtain at 7pm, and a matinee performance on Saturday the 11th, starting at 2pm. On Sunday the 12th, there are two shows available to attend: a matinee at 2pm and the final show starting at 7pm. Admission is free for Chaminade students and faculty. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!