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Newark Drama Club will present the musical “The Wedding Singer” this weekend, March
3rd and 4th at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. March 5th in the Newark High School auditorium.
The show takes the audience on a nostalgic trip back to the mid-80s when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, “The Wedding Singer’s” fun songs and dances are a hit throughout the show.
Set in 1985, rock star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party until his fiancée leaves him at the altar. Heartbroken Robbie copes by trying to make every wedding as disastrous as his own. Until Julia, a winsome waitress enters the picture and wins his affection. One BIG problem is that Julia is engaged and 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.
Director Emily Howard, an NHS English 11 teacher, chose this musical production because “It's fun!”
“We needed a show that would allow our students the opportunity to be silly on stage. This show features a wide range of characters and a large ensemble. After a more traditional show last year, we wanted to mix it up so that students experience new musical theatre too. Plus, we have a bunch of 80's prom/bridesmaid dresses in costume storage that we've been waiting to use!
“I'm excited to see this group of performers and technicians continue to grow,” Howard continued. “We had several students come back to theatre after a hiatus. Both of our foreign exchange students are also in the cast. It's been nice to see new friendships forming throughout the process. When we create art together, we find that we have more in common than we may initially realize.”
Cast members include: Cole Talbot (Robbie Hart), Jocelyn Hinks (Julia Sullivan), Ian Murphy (George), Ryan Hinks (Sammy), Talmadgha Streeter (Holly), Felicity Brey (Rosie), Jadon Kowaleski (Glen Guglia), Anna Lanse (Linda), and ensemble members: Brooklyn Baker, Matteo Botelho, Addison Burgess, Isabella Cary, Margherita Corradi, Andrew Flock, Noah Garland, Liberty Grady, Bailey Harris, Taya Hilfiker, Julianna House, Isabella Humphrey, Courtney Jadus, Meiah Johnson Danzey, Talen Kanaley, Ammorette Laws, Mikalya Miller, Sloane Peters, Shyanne Pilozzi, Malwina Plichta, Braydan Sherman, Camryn Tolleson, Ethan Tonkinson, Abdiel Ubiles and Amber Wilson.
Crew members include: Gracie Bennett, Jordan Brooks, Mackenzie Cardona, Trent Conklin, Tohbi Edmister, Raina George, Loretta Hobart, Andrea Malach, Emma Newark and Beatrice Van Riper.
As in the past, Howard is choreographing the show. NHS Vocal Music teacher Kate Flock is the musical director and Newark Middle School Instrumental Music teacher Rebekah Valerio will be the Pit Band conductor.
Anna Verdine is a student member of the pit band.
“The Wedding Singer” tickets will be at the door and are $5 for students and senior citizens and $7 for adults.