Stony Point Players announce cast of ‘The Wedding Singer’
By James Grob, firstname.lastname@example.org
The wedding guests have been assembled, and the groomsmen and maidens of honor are all in line.
The Stony Point Players announced the cast of their summer musical production of the musical comedy “The Wedding Singer” this week. The three-show production will run June 30, July 1 and July 2, at 7 p.m. each night, at North Grand Auditorium.
Auditions for the show took place in April, and director Michelle Grob said the cast consists of more than 40 people, including adults, high school students, and actors in 7th and 8th grades. Grob said that the auditions brought out singers and actors from as young as sixth grade to as old as the mid-70s.
She said the cast could still use some boys in grades 5-8 for a scene, but other than that, the cast has filled out nicely.
“The Wedding Singer” is a musical comedy with music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and a book by Beguelin and Tim Herlihy. It is based on the 1998 film of the same name, which starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
The musical revolves around the character Robbie Hart, who sings at weddings, his failed relationships, and his romance with a new love, Julia. Robbie will be played by Griffin Franksain while Julia will be played by Olivia Wolfe.
Julia’s cousin Holly will be played by Makenna Oleson, while Robbie’s band mates Sammy and George will be played by Anders Haglund and Michael Peterson. Antagonists Linda and Glen will be played by Madi Lincoln and Jeff Kellogg. Grandma Rosie will be played by Linda Hughes, while Julia’s mother, Angie, will be played by Lynn Bauer.
The show is known for its frequent nods to 1980s pop culture and style, with songs written and performed in the pop and rock style prevalent during that decade.
The cast has had a read-through, and this week they’ve been working on music and choreography with musical director Derek Sturtevant and choreographer Harper McInroy.
“We are looking forward to performing in front of a packed house this summer,” Grob said.
The musical premiered on Broadway in 2006 and had several tours starting in 2007. It was nominated for the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical. It subsequently has had many international productions and has become a popular high school and community theater production.
Stony Point was set to perform the musical “Beauty and the Beast” last summer, but the show had to be cancelled due to complications caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. The Charles City theater group was founded in the 1960s but had been temporarily dormant until three years ago, when the Players returned to the stage with a production of “The Wizard of Oz,” directed by Grob and Sturtevant.
Two summers ago, Sturtevant and Janiece Bergland directed Stony Point’s production of “Spamalot.”