Dr. Brett Johnson directs the season-opener for the Mercyhurst University Theatre Program, a “musical within a comedy” titled The Drowsy Chaperone. With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Performances are Thursday through Saturday (Oct. 22-24) at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 24-25) at 2 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $5 for youths and Mercyhurst students with ID. For tickets, call 814-824-3000 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu.