It’s ‘80s all the way in ‘The Wedding Singer’

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During rehearsal for the Madison County Arts Council’s production of “The Wedding Singer,” Brynne Adkins (left) of London dances to the song, “Right in Front of Your Eyes,” with Nathan Adkins of London, Paul Oswalt of London, Hobbes Treynor of London, and Jonathan Hurst of Springfield.

(Posted July 17, 2019)

By Theresa Hennis, Staff Writer

The Madison County Arts Council (MCAC) will present “The Wedding Singer” July 26-28 in the Joyce Hilderbrand Auditorium at London High School.

If you love 1980s movies and the music of that era, you won’t want to miss this musical production.

“MCAC approached me to do the show, and I was very excited to bring it to life, as it’s one I’d had my eye on for a while,” said Josh Compston, director. “I grew up in the ‘80s and always related with the time period, and being a fan of the Adam Sandler movie that the musical was based on, I knew my sense of humor well matched the intended humor in the show.”

The musical revolves around Robbie Hart, a wedding singer upset over a failed relationship with his former fiancée, and his romance with new love, Julia Sullivan. Buried beneath the teased hair and neon is a beautiful love story that focuses on the idea that money can’t buy happiness.

Most of the songs are originals written for the musical. Notable among them are “It’s Your Wedding Day” and “Saturday Night in the City.” The show also features songs from the movie, including “Somebody Kill Me” and “Grow Old with You.”

Ryan McCarty plays Robbie. Nathan Haley and Jeremy Moeller play Robbie’s bandmates, George and Sammy, respectively. Ciera Bierbaugh holds the role of Linda, Robbie’s ex-fiancée. Ruth Peart plays Julia, while Brynne Adkins plays Julia’s cousin, Holly, and Cory Mitchell plays Glen Gulia, Julia’s boyfriend. The role of Julia’s mother, Angie, belongs to Sherry Holland. Michelle Carn is Rosie, Robbie’s grandmother with whom Robbie lives.

Jay Hale serves as the show’s musical director, Amy Davidge is the choreographer, and Bowen Moss is the technical director.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. July 26-27 and 2:30 p.m. July 28. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased at madisoncountyartscouncil.org or at the door. London High School is located at 336 Elm St.

Messenger photo by Theresa Hennis
The cast of the Madison County Arts Council’s production of “The Wedding Singer” includes: (front row, from left) Amy Davidge (Springfield), Jonathan Hurst (Springfield), Ciera Bierbaugh (London), Ruth Peart (London), Avery Anderson (Xenia), Sherry Holland (London), Brynne Adkins (London), Michelle Carn (London); (back row) Cory Mitchell (Springfield), Hobbes Treynor (London), Ryan McCarty (Springfield), Josh Compston (Springfield), Jay Hale (Beavercreek), Jeremey Moeller (Springfield), Paul Oswalt (London), Shelby Dodds (London), Dawn Chance (Springfield), Blythe Lavender (Urbana), Sierra Boyd (Plain City), Nathan Adkins (London), Kadie Walter (Plain City) and Ashley Hainzer (South Charleston). Not pictured: Nathan Haley (West Jefferson), Julia Hainzer (South Charleston), Jennie McCurdy (Springfield), Luke Peart (London) and Chelsea Jenkins (Springfield).

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