CHARLES CITY — Complete with 1980s guitar licks, fishnet gloves and poofy bridesmaid dresses, “The Wedding Singer” opens its three-show run in Charles City tonight (Wednesday, June 30).
The Stony Point Players will present the musical comedy at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday (July 1) and Friday (July 2) in the North Grand Auditorium (the old Charles City Middle School).
Student admission is $5. Adult admission is $12. You can buy tickets at the door or online at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/53173.
The cast for this community theater presentation includes more than 40 area residents of multiple generations, from middle school students to seasoned adult actors. It being directed by Michelle Grob with musical director Derek Sturtevant. The pair led Stony Point Players’ production of “The Wizard of Oz” in 2018. Sturtevant and Janiece Bergland directed the troup’s production of “Spamalot” in 2019.
Bergland did set design for this production and Sandy Peterson did costuming.
Charles City High School 2021 graduate Rose Marie Baldus is the stage director this time around with CCHS junior Harper McInroy as choreographer.
With 1980s pop culture as its backdrop, the story is about a wedding singer who suffers through a heartbreak and an identity crisis on the way to finding his true love, who has a journey of her own.
In the lead roles of the wedding singer, Robbie Hart, and Julia are CCHS senior Griffin Franksain and 2019 CCHS grad Olivia Wolfe.
Robbie’s band mates, Sammy and George, are being played by CCHS junior Anders Haglund and 2019 CCHS grad Michael Peterson. Linda Hughes is his Grandma Rosie, Lynn Bauer is his mother and 2020 CCHS grad Madi Lincoln is his girlfriend Linda.
Makenna Oleson, a 2020 CCHS grad, is Julia’s rowdy cousin Holly and Jeff Kellogg, who played the Tin Man in 2018’s “Wizard of Oz” is Glen, Julia’s fiance.
The musical was based on the 1998 movie of the same name. The stage production premiered on Broadway in 2006 with music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin.
CAST & CREW
Griffin Franksain – Robbie Hart
Anders Haglund – Sammy
Michael Peterson – George
Jeff Kellogg – Glen Guglia and Harold Fonda
McKenna Oleson – Holly
Olivia Wolfe – Julia Sullivan
Lynn Bauer – Angie (Julia’s Mom)
Madi Lincoln – Linda (ex-girlfriend)
Linda Hughes – Rosie (Grandma)
Cade Williams – Wedding Guest Ensemble, Loser Guy (Wedding 3), “Suits” (Green), and Bar Scene Ensemble
Teagan Prigge – Wedding Guest Ensemble and Pop Dancer
Anna Herbrechtsmeyer – Wedding Guest Ensemble and “Suits” (Green)
Harper McInroy – Wedding Guest Ensemble, Wedding 2 Guest, Pop Dancer, “Suits” (Green), and Madonna impersonator
Emma Schmiedel – Wedding Guest Ensemble, Wedding 2 Guest and Pop Dancer
Erika DeBruyn – Wedding Guest Ensemble, Sideburns Lady (Wedding 3), “Suits” (Green)
Allison Hocking – Wedding Guest Ensemble, Large Lady (Wedding 3), “Suits” (Green) and Crystal (Mall)
Tina Schmidt – Wedding Guest Ensemble, “Loser” (Wedding 3) and “Suits” (Green)
Jodi Holschlag – Wedding Guest Ensemble, “Loser” (Wedding 3) and “Secretary” (Green)
Tyreque Baker – Wedding Guest Ensemble, Donny (Pop), Shane (wedding 3), “Suits” (Green), Clerk (Mall), Bar Scene Ensemble and Mr. T impersonator
Rich Severin – Multiple Clergy
James Severin – Wedding Guest Ensemble, Father of the Bride (Wedding 3), 2nd Waiter (Pop), Ricky (Bar Scene)
D’Nesha Smith – Wedding Guest Ensemble and Waitress Wedding 3
Aliyah Ortiola – Wedding Guest Ensemble And Wedding 1 Waitress
Liz Oleson – Wedding Guest Ensemble and Pop Dancer
Lisa Shapell Chatflied – Wedding Guest Ensemble and Airport Agent
Susana Gonzalez – Wedding Guest Ensemble and Wedding 1 Waitress
Anastasia Baldus – Wedding Guest Ensemble, Tiffany (Pop), Donatella (wedding 3) and “Suits” (Green)
Colton Baldus – Wedding Guest Ensemble, “Suits” (Green), Joe Bum in bar scene
Chris Baldus – Wedding Guest Ensemble, bar scene and Ronald Reagan impersonator
7th/8th-Wedding Guests and Bar Mitzvah – Elizabeth Gassman, Isabella Knecht, Natalie King Addison Tracey, Nyna Walsh, Kaitlin Heckers, Annabel McDonald, Rylie Keyes and Evelyn Read
To see photos from the 2018 production of “The Wizard of Oz” click here.
To see photos from the 2019 production of “Spamalot” click here.