Summit High School production of ‘The Wedding Singer’ opens Thursday
IF YOU GO
What: The Summit High School Performing Arts Department spring performance of the musical “The Wedding Singer”
When: Thursday, March 26, Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m.
Where: Summit High School auditorium, 16201 Colorado Highway 9, Frisco, CO 80443
How much: $5 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets are available in advance through the Summit High School front office (970-368-1100) or at the door.
Summit High School’s spring performing arts production will feature a rapping granny, an eight-person live band and a plethora of puffy ’80s sleeves.
“The Wedding Singer” will open Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the high school’s auditorium followed by evening performances Friday and Saturday and a matinee on Sunday. Tickets cost $5 for students and $10 for adults.
The musical is based on the 1998 romantic comedy set in the 1980s starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. The film was adapted into a Broadway musical in 2006.
“It’s much more entertaining than the film,” said Chris Alleman, director of the high school musical and artistic director of the Lake Dillon Theater Co. The local company has helped produce Summit High School performances for the last 11 years.
Sophomore Orion Van Oss, 16, stars in Sandler’s role of Robbie Hart, a wedding singer whose fianceé leaves him at the altar, and junior Cait McCluskie, 16, plays Barrymore’s Julia Sullivan, an engaged waitress and Robbie’s love interest.
The musical shares the movie’s plot, McCluskie said, but the high school play has some variations and a different ending.
The production is also the school’s first musical in two years, after a series of dark tragedies.
“The music just adds so much in terms of character development,” McCluskie said, and makes the play more colorful and fun.
Compared with McCluskie’s intense role in the spring production of “The Crucible” last year, the character of Julia will allow McCluskie to show an upbeat goofy side, which shines in her first song “Someday,” she said.
This production also involves more students than in the past, she said.
About 25 students will perform, a dozen will help behind the scenes and a handful will play in the onstage band along with a few high school staff and community members.
Senior Jimmy Patalan, 18, plays businessman Glen Gulia, who is dating Julia at the start of the play.
Patalan said his favorite moments in the play are the song and dance party set in a nightclub that closes Act 1 as well as the musical number that he sings called “All About The Green” that opens Act 2.
“It just smacks them in the face,” he said, and keeps energy levels high after intermission.
Junior Selah Kreeger plays Rosie, the grandmother of the wedding singer and the show’s comic relief.
“Yes I am a rapping granny. It’s going to be great,” said Kreeger, 16. “She’s a pretty wild character.”
McCluskie said the students have been rehearsing for three hours a day, four days a week for nearly three months, and the group added Friday rehearsals a couple weeks ago. She has not tired of play practice.
“I count down the minutes in school,” said McCluskie, who plans to study musical theater in college.
Alleman said the play’s nostalgic ’80s music and clothing will resonate with those who grew up and lived through the decade, and he encouraged community members to show their support.
“The kids and the high school staff that are involved are just busting their butts to make this a classic production,” he said.
The show will last almost three hours including intermission, and audience members are encouraged to wear their best Boy George, Madonna and other ’80s attire. The best dressed each night will win a prize.
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