Singing and dancing to the 80s with COM’s “The Wedding Singer”

Posted on: July 16, 2012

In the 80s when Michael Jackson was big and hair was too, wedding singer Robbie Hart is jilted by his fiancée via a note at the altar. The embittered singer ruins his next performance at a wedding and is inconsolable. Then he meets Julia, the girl of his dreams, who happens to be engaged to a popped-collar Wall Street tycoon. The ensuing comedy weaves Julia and Robbie’s tale with the story of Robbie’s colorful bass player Sammy and his love, Holly. The fast-paced comedy begins in New Jersey and ends in mad-dash rush through a Las Vegas casino filled with celebrity impersonators.
 
A romantic comedy that celebrates and gently pokes fun of the 80s, “The Wedding Singer,” produced by College of the Mainland Community Theatre, blends musical theater and pop songs for a high-energy production.
 
Though based on the movie of the same name, whether audiences have loved the movie or never seen it, they will enjoy the fun, creative plot peppered with the songs and dances of the 80s performed by a live orchestra. It features a cast of 20 including an ensemble cast of 13 who fill more than 50 roles between them.
 
“It’s high-energy fun with a charming story,” said Rob de los Reyes, director of the production. “It’s so colorful and filled with joy. You will love it all the more to the extent that you have recollection of the 80s, but not remembering them is no impediment to enjoying the characters on their own terms.”
 
The lighthearted production will delight audiences of all ages—whether they danced to the beat of the 80s or not.
 
The production stars Joshua Estrada as Robbie Hart, Caroline Menefee as Julia, Jen Lucy Estrada as Holly in her COM debut, Lindsey M. Page as Linda, Zack Varela as Sammy, Missy Lane as Rosie, Melanie Bernsen Clinkscales as Angie, and Cameron Dunbar as Glen.
 
“The Wedding Singer” runs from July 19 through August 12, Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost from $13 to $23. Discounted seats are available for seniors (60 and up) and students with current ID.

For reservations and more information, contact 409-933-8345 or visit www.com.edu/theatre.

 


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