A hit rom-com movie is headed to the local stage as the Edison High School Vocal Music Department performs “The Wedding Singer” in November.
The production is set for Nov. 16-17 at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Tickets cost $6 for students and $8 for adults and will be sold at the door on the night of the shows.
Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, “The Wedding Singer” takes the audience back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. The 1980s-themed musical follows popular New Jersey wedding singer Robbie Hart, whose career takes a nosedive after his fiancee’ leaves him at the altar. That heartbreak leads him to make every wedding as disastrous as his own until he meets Julia Sullivan, the girl of his dreams. The winsome waitress happens to be betrothed to a Wall Street shark and Robbie attempts to win her heart before it’s too late.
The cast includes Troy Hackathorn as Robbie Hart; Mary McConnell as Julia Sullivan; J.T. Pipo as Sammy; Nathan Mizell as George; Ryan McKee in several roles as David, Mookie and father of the groom; Brian Shockley as Harold and Bad Haircut Guy; Allison Phillips in dual roles as Debbie and Large Lady; Jaicee Kummerlin as Julia’s understudy and a Cyndi Lauper impersonator; MyaKenzie Daugherty as Holly; Chesney Swickard as a waitress; Cameron Wadas as Glen Gulia; Rachel Earich as Rosie; Melodey Clancey as a clerk, junior secretary and understudy for Rosie; Mychi Stewart as a preacher and Sideburns Lady; Kaitlin Markert as Linda; Kailey Pytash as Glen’s secretary, a Tina Turner impersonator and understudy for Linda; Kennadie McElroy as Angie, Julia’s mother; Emma Scott as Crystal, Loser Guy and understudy for Holly; Ben Kuntz as Donny and a Billy Idol impersonator; Abigail Kinney as Tiffany; Courtney Cooley as Donatella, Ricky/Bartender; Jocelyn Smith as a bum; Zane Dean as a Mr. T. impersonator; and Joe Ash as a Ronald Reagan impersonator.
Among the songs being performed are “It’s Your Wedding Day,” “Some Day,” “Casualty of Love” and “Grow Old with You.” Director Dani Carroll said the production was selected because audiences are familiar with the Sandler movie and it provide pure comic relief.
“Our goal is to have everyone laughing throughout the entire show,” she said.