‘Wedding Singer’ continues run in Woodstock, Ill., through March 23

Staff Report

WOODSTOCK, Ill. — Audiences are expected to give a warm “reception” to TownSquare Players’ March 2014 production of the Broadway musical The Wedding Singer, based on the 1998 Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore romantic comedy film.

When the show by Mathew Sklar, Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy opened on Broadway in 2006, it ran for more than 280 performances and received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score.

Director Betsy Stemple of Marengo, Ill., Music Director Sue Falbo of Lake in the Hills, Ill., and Choreographer Kara Williams of Elgin, Ill., are leading a talented cast of 23 actors in a show that will take audiences back to the crazy hairstyles, fashions and even cars of the 1980s. Producer Odette Little of Woodstock, Ill., and the rest of the staff will oversee nine performances of The Wedding Singer at the Woodstock Opera House during the March 7-23 run of the show.

The plot of the show takes us 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 show takes place in 1985 where rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer and the life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. However, as luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark and, unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

Actors from throughout northern Illinois are participating in this musical comedy, including: Brendan Gaughan (David, Shane, 2nd Waiter, Suit 4) and Colleen Rogalski (Julia Sullivan) of Crystal Lake, Ill.; Harriet Thompson (Rosie) of Huntley, Ill.; Heidi Allen (Mother of the Bride, Nancy Reagan) of Lake in the Hills, Ill.; Jessica Smith (Waitress, Bridesmaid, Cyndi Lauper) of Lake Villa, Ill.; Susan Colwell (Ensemble), Sandie Kindschy (Angie, Tiffany), Elijah LaMontagne (PeeWee Herman, Ensemble) and Jim Stemple (Priest, Donny, Photographer) of Marengo, Ill.; Jesse Thielsen (Sammy) of McHenry, Ill.; April Ingram (Donatella, Charo) of Palatine, Ill.; Eric Faler (Loser Guy 1, 1st Waiter, Billy Idol, Suit 3) of Sleepy Hollow, Ill.; Dayna Palya (Holly) of Spring Grove, Ill.; Jordan Reich (Linda) of Union, Ill.; Ward Green (Father of Donatella, Ricky, Reagan) and Colin May (Robbie Hart) of Wonder Lake, Ill.; and David Baker (Glen Guglia), Sumerlyn Bankel (1st Bridesmaid, Large Lady), Betty Cosgray (Sideburn Lady, Clerk), Alayna DeVar (Crystal, Tina Turner), Daniel Rosenfield (George), Char Ulanowski (Grandparent, Shopper) and Joe Weyland (Bad Haircut Guy, Bum) of Woodstock, Ill.

Other staff members helping bring The Wedding Singer to the stage for McHenry County’s oldest community theater group include: Ashley Brown of Cary (technical director, props); Dawn Schwartz of Harvard (set dresser, production assistant); Pete Thompson of Huntley (set/props, publicity photos); Susan Colwell (costume design) and Catherine Brant (set painter) of Marengo, Ill.; Katelin Stack-Baker (stage manager) and David Baker (set builder) of Woodstock, Ill.

Performances are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. To purchase tickets, go to www.woodstockoperahouse.com, call the Woodstock Opera House box office at (815) 338-5300, or visit the box office. Individual tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $13 for students. Group discounts are also available.

From the March 12-18, 2014 print edition

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