Swift Creek Theater performs in a building that was a gristmill in the mid to late 1600s. It is thought to be the oldest gristmill in the United States. The property is a Chesterfield County historic landmark and a Virginia Historical Landmark. Swift Creek Mill is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Drowsy Chaperone, with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar runts November 7 through December 21, 2013. Describted as a "Musical for people who love musicals" The Drowsy Chaperone was the winner of five Tony Awards.
The Drowsy Chaperone is an homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age, examining the effect musicals have on the fans who adore them.
The Man in Chair, a mousy, agoraphobic Broadway fanatic, seeking to cure his "non-specific sadness", listens to a recording of a fictional 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens to this rare recording, he is transported into the musical. The characters appear in his dingy apartment, and it is transformed into an impressive Broadway set with seashell footlights, sparkling furniture, painted backdrops, and glitzy costumes.
Swift Creek Mill Theatre
17401 Jefferson Davis Highway
South Chesterfield, Virginai 23834