UPPER SANDUSKY - Upper Sandusky High School is to present "The Wedding Singer"" at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the high school auditorium. Based on the 1998 motion picture, the musical is set in the 1980s in Ridgefield, N.J.
The play does not follow the same course as the movie but is equally funny and charming. Jacob Courtright is cast as the main character, Robbie. He and his bandmates, Sammy and George, have been able to eke out a living by playing for weddings, but Robbie can't make enough to have his own apartment. He lives with his feisty Grandma Rosie, portrayed by Michaela Wolfe.
Robbie is engaged and about to be married; however, Linda dumps him at the altar with "A Note From Linda."
PHOTO BY MARYANN KROMER
Stage Manager Megan Vanderpool attends to Jacob Courtright, as Robbie, in “The Wedding Singer” at Upper Sandusky High School.
Meanwhile, Robbie has become friends with Julia, a waitress he met at one of the weddings. Played by Fiona Bather, Julia has been dating a wealthy Wall Street banker, Glen. Walker Karg as Glen proposes to Julia, and she accepts.
Angry and depressed, Robbie cannot seem to rebound from rejection. At his next singing gig, he upsets the wedding guests by singing "Casualty of Love." The wedding party drags him out and deposits him in a garbage bin. He vows to avoid weddings and only sing for bar mitzvahs.
Julia coaxes Robbie away from the scene and tries to cheer him. They go to the mall, where Julia registers for wedding gifts. It seems Glen is too busy with business to accompany his bride-to-be. The pair meets up with Holly, a friend of Julia's.
Courtney Bricely, as Holly, can see Julia is attracted to Robbie. Soon after, Robbie observes Glen is not faithful to Julia. Holly convinces Robbie that Julia is marrying Glen for security rather than for love.
At the start of Act II, Robbie approaches Glen for advice on achieving financial security, hoping gainful employment might make him a better marriage partner. As the story continues, the action shifts to Las Vegas for a hilarious scene with celebrity impersonators.
A wild chase brings Julia and Robbie together at last.
In addition to those named above, the cast includes Nick Reid, Dylan Robertson, Drew Barth, Scott Warfel, Erica Stansbery, Taylor Clark, Evan Scheck, Taylor Sites, Kaitlin Rowe, Taylor Dilley, Angela Massara, Micaela Barth, Anna Massara, Troy Jordan, Cohl Gagnon, Hannah Barth, Krista Caudill, Ally DuBois, Tom Griffin, Gannon Ritter and Seth Sprang.
The wedding guests and dancers are Kelly Bather, Amanda de'Jonge, Zoe Garber, Kaytlyn Graver, Allison Kesler, Melissa Latham, Kamisha Milon, Korie Slavey, Kim Snowden, Blaike Snyder, Hope Voorhees and Derek Clark.
Although music from the show is not familiar, it is typical of popular tunes from the 1980s. The orchestra includes Ben Ziessler, Ryan Payton, Adam Kesler, Ashlie Payton, Jan Below, Kara Rettig, Scott Duress, Sam Duress, Adam Watterson, Sara Capelle, Alex Getz and Jenna Mundy.
Stacy Barth is directing the production with Kip Barth as technical director. Melissa Latham is student director and Megan Vanderpool is stage manager.
Brian Bils, Shelby Clark, Shelby Flowers, Tyler Jordan, Keegan Routt, Ivy Shoemaker, Alex Woodworth and Walter Zenowicz make up the crew.